He placed thirteenth in the grand final of Eurovision 2017, portraying two characters — a leather-jacket-wearing pop singer and a tuxedoed opera star.

And while Jacques Houdek made singing “My Friend” look easy, the celebrated singer has faced plenty of other challenges during his storied career in entertainment.

Now, in a passionate Facebook post, the 39-year-old has discussed the indignity of being fat-shamed  — something he says he understands as the most famous person of his size in the region.

“I think it’s about time we had a serious talk about fat people and the attitude of society towards them. I’m going to talk about this issue, which seems louder and louder. I will speak for myself but also in the name of all my fat friends, known and unknown. I think I have every right to do something like this  — to be a voice for all of us who have been shamed for “daring” to become fat. I believe I have to talk about it because I feel responsible, as I assume I am the most famous obese person in the region, and also as someone who has lived that life, my whole life. And as someone  who has achieved a lot in both private and business terms, despite the prognosis that due to obesity I won’t succeed. And finally, as someone who has always struggled with this disease. Yes, this disease. Obesity is a DISEASE. Remember this, right at the start, and let it hit you like a Jacques signature every time you decide to taunt someone who isn’t ‘beautiful and slender like you.’ Imagine, hahahhhha, he has a fat ass, a belly … That’s really funny.”

“All of us, who have a problem with being overweight, are condemned and humiliated to such an extent that I am completely convinced that today the biggest ‘shame’ is to be fat. We are, in fact, so stigmatised, that it has become a real direct mobbing. Apart from the classic mockery at our expense, conclusions about our health are made so easily and quickly, without anyone doing basic blood tests or examining us — they are all experts and doctors who see everything. And they don’t see, for example, a cigarette in their mouth. They don’t see those litres of alcohol they poured into themselves over the weekend. They don’t see their problems. They see obesity and with disgust claim that this person is lazy, unsuccessful, unhappy … Prejudice, in the full sense of the word. Well, I am neither lazy, nor unsuccessful, nor unhappy. And if I decided to publish the results of my extensive searches I believe I would embarrass many. If I were, thank God, healthy and maybe even had all the values ​​better than you, then what would you say? That my sugar is 5.3? That I don’t have any elevated cholesterol? Yes, that’s right. But I still have my diagnosis, and it’s called insulin resistance. I will write more about that on another occasion. For now, I will only briefly, in layman’s terms, say that it is precisely because of my genetics that I have been struggling with hernias all my life, and insulin resistance has made it an additional problem for my digestive system to enter a kind of lockdown. I gain weight terribly easily, and I lose a lot of weight. All this was certainly not helped by my pace and messy lifestyle, nomadic, eternally on the road, never in some steady rhythm. But, so that it doesn’t turn out that I’m justifying myself now, on the contrary … I take full responsibility for myself and my life. I am a fighter, I have been fighting it my whole life, I will continue to fight. And I will never give up on myself. Never.”

“But that doesn’t mean I can tolerate this way of treatment in society. I no longer have the patience for any prejudice and violence. It’s enough! It is necessary to educate all those people who have fearful prejudices about obesity. And there are … you have no idea how many. Unfortunately … You don’t know — because you’ve simply never encountered such a problem. You have good genetics, digestion … Well, let’s get started with education; lesson one says something like this; SHAME ON YOU ALL WHO LOOK AT US WITH PREJUDICE! Remember? Eh, now some of you will call and comment that we are to blame, because you are working on yourself, and we are not working on medicine …. Well, hand on heart, many of you are working hard to be slim. Truth. Well done. There is also a lot of sacrifice, exercise, proper nutrition … But the truth is — most of those who do not need to work hard on themselves, are simply — naturally slender, harmonious. They don’t exercise, eat and drink whatever and whenever they want … Clearly they don’t understand what it’s like … And that’s where the problem is born, that’s where prejudice is created.”

“The society we live in today is really hypocritical….We have an understanding of all possible social differences, because someone has accustomed us to all these differences, educated us to accept them. In reality, only some have really accepted them, and some are just pretending to. So they ‘know’ that it’s not okay to make fun of someone who is ‘different.’ We overcame that. So let’s now start to master that there are fat people too. They have always existed and always will. Let’s finally accept that. So that we can all continue to live our lives in peace more beautifully and harmoniously. Thank you.

With love,

Fat Jacques ❤️

Do you understand Jacques’ perspective? Are you still looping his Eurovision song? Let us know what you’re thinking down below.

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Pineaple
Pineaple
18 days ago

This comment section has just reminded me how disgusting some Eurovision fans are… Yes, Jacques Houdek has said some questionable things in tha past, but he speaks the truth here. People who are overweight do not deserve the discrimination they get, some aren’t fat by choice, there are certain body types and genes that make you more susceptible to being overweight and to critisize them and tell them they’re gonna die young is no way to treat someone! People who are overweight need support not to be kicked while their down. And those of you who just ignored the article… Read more »

RavensHeart
RavensHeart
19 days ago

No one should be shamed or mocked or bullied for being fat. But its very dangerous to promote it as being healthy, it’s not. Obese people suffer all sorts of health problems leading to premature deaths. If you want to live a happy healthy life you need to lose weight.

Downvote away, I really don’t care.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
19 days ago

“with love, fat jacques” kinda sent me asjhfakjf

T.J.
T.J.
19 days ago

Funny how someone who discriminates against gay people suddenly discovers injustice in discrimination…

BooHoo
BooHoo
19 days ago

Double standards much? A few years ago he was all about the jokes about him. He even published all of the jokes on his official website back then and clearly made fun if his size on many interviews. Now as we live in the snowflake era and he needs some publicity he is suddenly offended. I am not supporting body shaming with this but openly criticizing this two-faced guy who will literally turn any story for some publicity. And as for todays open library: When Jaques wears a yellow jacket, people run after him screaming: Taxi!!!

Eric
Eric
19 days ago

Being fat is a choice! Do not forget that. Eating much, no exercise… you get fat!

Kosey
Kosey
19 days ago
Reply to  Eric

Did you read the article?

Kosey
Kosey
19 days ago

Go get ‘em Jacques, there are so many people out there who are ready to jump on a popular cause and then with in the very next breath will demonize another group of society – the comments and the likes below demonstrate this.

Commenting on someone’s weight is wrong, full stop, let people be who they want to be, it has nothing to do with you.

Ylva
Ylva
19 days ago
Reply to  Kosey

Being obese causes problems for the body. Its not a status quo.

Heart decease, diabetes, early death.

Stevan
Stevan
19 days ago
Reply to  Kosey

And commenting on people’s sexualities is okay? cuz that’s what jacques did x

Kosey
Kosey
19 days ago
Reply to  Stevan

Do two wrongs make a right? If you get back at someone who discriminates by discriminating against them, does that make you any better?

Una
Una
19 days ago

I understand Jacques’ perspective and I respect it and I wish him all the best.
Now a very general comment: being overweight can mean underlying health issues. It can also mean lifestyle – overeating, not choosing the right foods and not working out enough. Each person’s circumstances are different. And it takes a lot of planning and discipline to be able to plan and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Candy
Candy
20 days ago

Yes, people should never be shamed for being overweight. Both direct bullying and things said with alleged good intentions are problematic. You might question and rightfully criticise parents who overfeed their children because children cannot take full responsibility of their own actions. But grown adults? Their bodies are none of our business and therefore should not be criticised in any way. Let’s leave the medical diagnoses and health advice up to doctors. Really, it’s shocking that people apparently don’t know what basic respect is. Even jokingly teasing your “fat friend” can cause them a lot of pain, whether they admit… Read more »

sam
sam
20 days ago

as much as i’m a proponent of body positivity, the main difference between being overweight and being a persecuted minority is that what you put in your body directly affects your standard of living in ways that being a minority does not. you can’t die simply from being black or gay but you can from complications due to being overweight. i don’t think we should be bashing people for their weight, instead give them the support that they need to make healthier choices. (i am aware not all overweight people are this way, just speaking from my experience as an… Read more »

Erasmus
Erasmus
20 days ago

He wrote a nice message! I do agree that no one should ever be shamed for their looks. Size does not matter when it comes to talent and charisma! I have however noticed a lot claims that are saying that obese doesn’t equal unhealthy. I do believe just fat doesn’t mean u are not healthy, but obese (morbidly) will never be healthy, it’s just how it is. 🙂

But yeah respect everyone, just don’t deny the facts 🙂

Da Euro Neuro Lord and Master
Da Euro Neuro Lord and Master
20 days ago

Congrats to the Croatian homophobe of the year 2006 for standing up for something that affects him.

Last edited 20 days ago by Da Euro Neuro Lord and Master
Giorgio
Giorgio
19 days ago

My thoughts exactly

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
19 days ago

it’s 2020 and y’all still believe that? i- it was a tabloid that made it up and jacques’ lawyer sued for defamation back then. he isn’t a homophobe chileee

San
San
20 days ago

Love or hate his entry (and hate his views on certain things all you want), but I don’t think he deserves to be bashed for his image, to be fair.

aldood
aldood
20 days ago

As a fat person, I can understand him

Ylva
Ylva
19 days ago
Reply to  aldood

As a fat person you should start consider if you want to die loooong before your time… or if you want to lose weight and win several years