Drill Sergeant John Burk recently uploaded a video to Facebook where he rants about overweight people and calls them “utterly repulsive and disgusting.”
The self-described “fitness motivator” and Army veteran stands by his controversial rant that has been viewed over two and a half million times.
He told BuzzFeed News,
The soft and tender-hearted approach works for some but after having trained soldiers for over 12 years now, I know what works best: blunt, in-your-face truth that slaps you so hard that it forces you to step back and start self-analyzing to see if there's any validity in what you've just been told.
In his "blunt" speech, Burk said,
To the overweight people: No, I'm not going to accept you for who you are, with that bullsh*t excuse of, 'You should love me because I'm beautiful.' Your personality might be beautiful, but your body is not. It is not OK to be overweight.
There are bullies are out there. Who [do] they go for first? The overweight kids. Why? That's just how life is.
As you'd expect from anything with such an aggressive message, this video received a wide array of responses.
Some people were just as repulsed by the video as Burk is by fat people.
Others, however, agreed with his message.
Despite all the positive and negative comments he received, Burk is most interested in the video impacting even just a few people to make changes in their lives.
People think I'm an assh*le, and that's fine, but they don't know the real me, they can't see why I do it. I don't do it out of hatred, I do it out of love, because there is a better life out there, and for some, it just takes a good hard verbal kick in the ass to get moving. That's where I come in. I'm that assh*le.
Regardless of his intentions, there was probably a much better way to get his message across.