In May 2016, Kelli Jean Drinkwater was invited to deliver a speech/talk at a TED conference, which is a media organization that goes under the slogan “ideas worth spreading”.

Kelli is a fat activist who, in a society obsessed with body image and marked by a fear of fat, engages in radical body politics through talk shows and art.

In her speech, which is called “enough with the fear of fat”, she uses humor as one of her main rhetorical devices and different kinds of modes of persuasion when trying to catch the attention of her crowd and when trying to empower people to stop being afraid of becoming fat.

The topic of fat and the fear of it canbe a pretty awkward thing to talk about and especially when you are in the same room as a person who undeniable is it

but Drinkwater shows by using humor when talking about herself that she is fine with the fact that she is a fat person. So her use of humor might also be to provide some kind ofemotional relief for the people sitting in the audience.

And then she moves on to talk about prejudice and points out a few things that people might have been thinking about her when she walked out on stage.

“You may have wondered, consciously or not, if I have diabetes, or a partner, or if I eat carbs after 7 pm.” (p. 1, ll. 14-15) She explains how these assumptions actually are really rude and perfidious and that this way of thinking is actually what we call fatphobia.

As a mode of persuasion, Kelli uses pathos, which is common amongst fat activists and when talking about obesity in general.