The Plight of Muscled Americans

  • Aired:  09/14/11
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Jason Jones reports from Philadelphia on a heavyweight lifter who got kicked out of his Planet Fitness gym for being a "lunk head." (4:28)

NOW, WE ALL KNOW THAT MANY

AMERICANS ARE FACING DIFFICULT

ECONOMIC TIMES RIGHT NOW, BUT

LET'S NOT FORGET THAT

DISCRIMINATION IS NOT DEAD

EITHER.

HERE IS ONE TALE OF STRENGTH IN

THE FACE OF ADVERSITY.

JASON JONES HAS MORE.

>> EVERY DAY MARK FEELS LIKE AN

OUTSIDER IN HIS WHOLE

NEIGHBORHOOD.

>> I'VE BEEN TOLD I INTIMIDATE

PEOPLE BY THE WAY I LOOK.

>> HE CAN HARDLY WALK DOWN THE

STREET WITHOUT BEING REMINDED

THAT HE'S DIFFERENT.

>> PEOPLE CALL ME NAMES ALL THE

TIME, YOU KNOW, MEAT HEAD.

>> WHEN PEOPLE CALL YOU THE M

WORD, HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU

FEEL?

>> YOU GET USED TO IT AFTER A

WHILE.

IT ROLLS OFF YOUR SHOULDERS.

>> LUCKILY HIS SHOULDERS CAN

TAKE IT BECAUSE MARK IS A

MUSCLED AMERICAN.

A GROUP OF PEOPLE ROUTINELY

DISCRIMINATED AGAINST ALMOST

EVERYWHERE THEY GO.

BUT MARK RECENTLY FACED

INTOLERANCE IN THE ONE PLACE HE

THOUGHT HE WAS SAFE, HIS LOCAL

PLANET FITNESS GYM.

>> I WASN'T THERE A WEEK, AND I

WAS TOLD, YOU INTIMIDATE THE

OTHER PATRONS AN WE DON'T LIKE

YOUR TYPE HERE.

>> "YOUR TYPE"?

>> YEAH.

>> EXCUSE ME?

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

BARREL SHAPED?

>> I THINK HE MEANT MY TYPE OF

HEAVY WEIGHTLIFTER.

I STARTED TO REALIZE, I DON'T

THINK THEY LIKE ME HERE, BUT

THEY'RE NOT GOING TO THROW ME

OUT.

WELL, GOD DAMMIT, I WAS WRONG.

THEY THREW ME OUT.

>> THERE LAD TO BE A GOOD REASON

FOR THIS NATIONAL CHAIN WITH

NEARLY 500 LOCATIONS TO THROW

HIM OUT.

>> HE WAS GRUNTING IN THE GYM.

>> AND THAT'S AGAINST THE GYM'S

POLICY.

>> YOU KNOW, YOU'VE SEEN IT.

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN A GYM MEMBER

BEFORE?

>> NO.

>> WELL, WE HAVE SOMEONE PICK UP

WEIGHTS AND GROWN.

THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO

ELIMINATE.

>> BUT IT IS A GYM, RIGHT?

>> YES.

>> THE MO-GRUNTING POLICY IS

PART OF THEIR HOLE LISTIC

APPROACH TO THE GYM.

>> WE WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE

CAN FEEL COMFORTABLE AND NOT

HAVE THE WILL U.K.S IN THE GYM.

>> WHAT ARE THE LUNGS?

>> YOU KNOW, MEAT HEADS, BODY

BUILDERS, JERKS.

>> THAT'S SOME PRETTY

INFLAMMATORY LANGUAGE.

>> THAT'S HOW WE FEEL ACT THESE

PEOPLE.

THEY'RE JUST NOT WELCOME.

>> SO NO JUDGMENT EXCEPT YOU GET

TO JUDGE?

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> OKAY.

SO WHAT EXACTLY DOES THIS

NON-JUDGMENTAL GYM JUDGE AS TOO

MUCH GRUNTING?

HOW ABOUT THIS?

[INHALES DEEPLY]

>> NO.

>> I CAN'T EVEN BREATH.

I CAN'T...

[SIREN SOUNDS]

>> THAT IS OUR LUNK ALARM.

>> WHAT IS IT?

>> THAT IS OUR LUNK ALARM.

IT GOES OFF ANY TIME SOMEONE

DROPS WEIGHTS OR GRUPTS.

>> YOU'RE RIGHT.

THAT'S A LOT LESS ANNOYING THAN

GRUNTING.

AND IT'S NOT JUST GRUNGTSING

THAT'S BEEN BANNED.

>> NO DO-RAGS ALLOWED.

NO DO-RAGS.

>> YOU HAVE TO HAVE A DO-RAG.

>> I THINK THEY'RE GESTAPO

TACTICS.

>> YOU MUST NO LONGER WEAR

DO-RAGS, EVER.

>> THERE'S A LOT OF PLACES FOR

LUNKS TO GO.

THEY HAVE A LOT OF PLACES.

ALL THE ANIMALS CAN BE IN ONE

CAGE, AND THEN YOU HAVE PLANET

FITNESS WHERE ALL THE PEOPLE CAN

GO.

>> YOU KNOW WHO ELSE SAID THAT?

>> HITLER?

>> WHAT?

NO.

NO.

I WAS GOING TO SAY THOMAS

JEFFERSON.

>> I KNOW HOW OTHER PEOPLE FEEL

NOW WHEN THEY'VE BEEN, YOU KNOW,

DISCRIMINATED AGAINST.

>> DO YOU EVER WISH YOU WEREN'T

BORN THIS WAY?

>> I WASN'T BORN THIS WAY.

I HAVE BEEN WORKING OUT FOR

YEARS.

THAT'S HOW I GOT THIS WAY.

>> THERE HAD TO BE A WAY HE

COULD BE PART OF SOCIETY.

>> ANY PILATES?

>> NO WAY.

>> ANY YOGA?

>> LOOK AT THIS BODY.

DO YOU THINK I COULD DO YOGA.

>> MAYBE NOT, BUT THERE WAS

STILL SOMETHING I COULD DO TO

HELP MARK.

SEE, THERE'S OTHER FORMS OF

EXERCISE OUT HERE.

THAT'S ALL WELL AND GOOD, BUT

THIS ONE IS DEFINITELY NOT FOR

ME.

I'M OUT OF HERE.

WALKING.

>> SO FOR NOW HE WORKS OUT ALONE

IN A YARD, MOVING [BLEEPED] BACK

AND FORTH, HOPING FOR A DAY WHEN

HE CAN LIFT WEIGHTS FREELY

AGAIN.

IT'S SO SAD.

>> Jon: JASON JONES.

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