Cry-Baby of the Week

By Jamie Lee Curtis Taete

Cry-Baby #1: Christina Pagliarolo

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The incident: An overweight teen went on one of those TV-boot-camp weight-loss things.

The appropriate response: Losing a bit of weight. And probably crying and puking on camera too. Since humiliating fat people for the enjoyment of the viewer at home is the entire point of those shows. 

The actual response: She is suing the show she appeared on for making her exercise too hard. 

High school student Christina Pagliarolo weighs about 259 pounds. A weight that she says "really bothers" her. 

Earlier this year, she appeared on The Rachael Ray Show in an episode about overweight teens. 

She told the show that she wanted to lose 70 pounds, in order to get rid of a bunch of obesity-related health problems she has, and because other kids were picking on her so much, she'd been forced to drop out of school. She said that one girl at her school would "hum the SeaWorld theme tune" every time she entered the classroom. (Aren't like, 55 percent of US teens currently overweight? Shouldn't it be the skinny kids who are getting bullied by now?)

The show sent her on a weight-loss boot camp, where, among other things, she was forced to hike, run, and work out in a gym. She claims that, at one point, her trainer turned the speed up on a StairMaster so high that she fell off the machine.

According to TMZ, Christina is now suing the producers of The Rachael Ray Show for negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. She says that she suffered "serious injuries" as a result of her workout, including "messed-up legs." She doesn't specify why she didn't just stop doing the exercises. 

A spokesman for The Rachael Ray Show told TMZ that they hadn't yet received the lawsuit, but intended to "defend ourselves against it vigorously and fully expect to prevail."

Cry-Baby #2: The New Zealand legal system

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The incident: A man downloaded a bunch of animated porn of fairies and pixies. 

The appropriate response: Laughing at him for being lame. 

The actual response: He was arrested and jailed for six months. 

Ronald Clark, from Auckland, New Zealand, downloaded the cartoons three years ago.

Though the titles of the films are unknown, Ronald's lawyer says they show sex scenes between "pixies and trolls" that "you knew at a glance weren't human."

However, a few years ago, Ronald was convicted and sentenced to rehab for "indecently assaulting a teenage boy." And, as the pixies and trolls depicted in the video were "clearly young," he was arrested and charged with possessing objectionable material. 

During his trial, Ronald asked the court if his sentencing could lead to people being convicted of possessing sexual images of stick figures. 

Alan Bell, a spokesperson for anti-child-porn group EPCAT, said the images were illegal because they might "encourage people to migrate from there to the real thing," adding "the distribution of it is damaging. You have to ask what impact does it have, even if it's not harming [an individual child]."

Ronald claims that he downloaded the films for their "artistic merit" and "a bit of a laugh," rather than because he finds them sexually arousing. Which is almost certainly a lie. But that's irrelevant, obviously, as nobody should go to prison for downloading cartoons. Regardless of how grim their past is.

Which one of this lot is the bigger cry-baby? Let us know in the poll below:

Previously: The guy who was offended by a virtual baptism versus the guy who couldn't wait for his McDonald's

Winner: The McDonald's guy!!!

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