News__ Maura Kelly Offends “Fatties”
When Marie Claire published an article called, "Should 'Fatties' Get A Room? (Even on TV?)" feminist writers, bloggers and commenters laid into the author, Maura Kelly, like a giant fist to the face. The piece referred to a television program, Mike & Molly, which is about two people who met at Overeaters Anonymous. Kelly penned the following in her long-winded, anti-fatty piece:
My initial response was: Hmm, being overweight is one thing — those people are downright obese! And while I think our country’s obsession with physical perfection is unhealthy, I also think it’s at least equally crazy, albeit in the other direction, to be implicitly promoting obesity! Yes, anorexia is sick, but at least some slim models are simply naturally skinny. No one who is as fat as Mike and Molly can be healthy. And obesity is costing our country far more in terms of all the related health problems we are paying for, by way of our insurance, than any other health problem, even cancer.
So anyway, yes, I think I’d be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other … because I’d be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything. To be brutally honest, even in real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room — just like I’d find it distressing if I saw a very drunk person stumbling across a bar or a heroine addict slumping in a chair. [Emphasis from Feministing]
It's shocking to hear these kinds of thoughts displayed in a mainstream magazine. What is so offensive about "fat" people kissing, loving one another or even the thought that they might be having sex? Furthermore, what is so disgusting about a fat person walking across a room as Kelly said she is repulsed by. What is even more disturbing is lots of people support this kind of thinking. It's important to maintain a healthy lifestyle with eating habits and exercise, but some people can do this and still not look like they are stereotypically "healthy." Kelly defends the opposition, pointing out that some models are just naturally skinny. Yes, this is true so then can't others just be naturally big boned? And what is so gross about that? What's really disgusting is Kelly's attitude and Marie Claire's decision to print this piece.
According to Feministing, Kelly has apologized for her article. Also, the Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire has declared that, "Maura Kelly is a very provocative blogger,” adding, “She was an anorexic herself and this is a subject she feels very strongly about.” It also should be noted that this isn't the first piece Kelly has published in regards to gaining weight. She published, "Is Your Guy Making You Fat?" in Fitness magazine last year. And the plot thickens. Is this all for press? Is Marie Claire's readership failing that immensely? We thought the Mary Kate cover of the September issue would have put them back on the map.