“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. “
Where do you think that this came from? A forum for teens where the posting got out of hand? A backwater redneck blog with no sense of shame?
Nope. It was written by Maura Kelly on the popular Marie Claire magazine site. The writer was opining that she shouldn’t have to have the displeasure of watching overweight people show affection to each other on TV. Some of her commentary is so outrageous that I have to think that this is just a manufactured bit of drama designed to attract attention and links from throughout the blogosphere. Twitter is absolutely abuzz with Tweets ripping the editors at Marie Claire, a new one.
As someone who has witnessed the devastation of an eating disorder firsthand, I am disgusted that Marie Claire would stoop so low as to perpetuate body shaming for the sake of a spike in traffic. Comparing a fat person with a drunk person stumbling around a bar? Comparing them to a heroin addict? Were the editors three sheets to the wind drunk when they posted this shit?
Let’s try this. Let’s replace any reference to fat people in the above paragraph with black and see how it reads shall we?
“So anyway, yes, I think I’d be grossed out if I had to watch two black people 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 any black 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. “
Listen up Maura. If you don’t like the sight of two fat people kissing other, change the fucking channel to Americas Next Top Model or Dancing With The Stars. While you roll around in that cesspool of popular culture you can be sure you will be spared the horror of fat people gracing your screen.
Oh, and Maura? Kiss my fat ass.
Since the posting of this article the author of Marie Claire’s post today, Maura Kelly, has responded to the outrage with a formal apology.
“I would really like to apologize for the insensitive things I’ve said in this post. Believe it or not, I never wanted anyone to feel bullied or ashamed after reading this, and I sorely regret that it upset people so much. A lot of what I said was unnecessary; it wasn’t productive, either.
I know a lot of people truly struggle to lose weight— for medical and psychological reasons—and that many people have an incredibly difficult time getting to a healthy size. I feel for those people and I’m truly sorry I added to the unhappiness and pain they feel with my post.”
Fellow blogger Jamie Varon also posted a response to Marie Claire’s article.