Marie Claire's "Fattie" Comments
Marie Claire writer Maura Kelly has upset quite a few people with her comments about "fatties" in reference to the CBS rookie sitcom Mike and Molly.
She posted a story on the magazine's website entitled, "Should Fatties Get a Room" and then the avalanche of shock began to fall on Marie Claire. Mike and Molly is a surprise hit this fall as the two main characters begin a love affair that is handled with humor and grace.
But, Kelly doesn't see it that way. The two overweight main characters get her goat, it appears, and has the writer wondering if these folks should even be on TV, much less being affectionate. "I think I'd be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other. I'd be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything," Kelly wrote in her column.
Perhaps Kelly should be reminded that although it is a serious problem in America, the truth is many Americans are overweight. In the world of Marie Claire maybe people with weight problems don't exist except for the anorexic kind, but in the real world it's so common, it's a certified epidemic.
Marie Claire's Kelly did go on to site the health issues associated with being overweight, but the damage was done with her words quoted above. She went on to explain herself, perhaps trying to soften the blow of what she had already said. The author even went on to offer fitness tips. Really?
Mike and Molly creator Mark Roberts released a statement today stating that viewers might witness a bit on a future episode where Molly cancels her Marie Claire subscription. Sounds like in the real world, that may be a lot of people's reaction to Kelly's comments.
Kelly responded by adding an apology to her "Should Fatties Get a Room" article. "I don't hate fat people -- I'm just afraid of being fat myself." So, fear is now an excuse for ignorance.
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