Maura Kelly’s Marie Claire article starts with a look at the TV series Mike & Molly and its overweight stars, saying that the show promotes obesity… then moves on to mean girl territory, where Maura Kelly makes some not-so-nice remarks about overweight folks.
As a result, Maura Kelly’s controversial Marie Claire blog post made a lot of people unhappy, as evidenced in the comments section of the post and the 28,000+ emails that were received.
Today, Maura Kelly issued this 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.
To that point (and on a more personal level), a few commenters and one of my friends mentioned that my extreme reaction might have grown out of my own body issues, my history as an anorexic, and my life-long obsession with being thin. As I mentioned in the ongoing dialogue we’ve been carrying on in the comments section, I think that’s an accurate insight.”
Way to blame anorexia on your close-minded views.
Marie Claire’s editor-in-chief Joanna Coles told Fashionista:
“Maura Kelly is a very provocative blogger. She was an anorexic herself and this is a subject she feels very strongly about.”
In Maura Kelly’s Marie Claire article, she talks about whether people are “uncomfortable when they see overweight people making out on television?”
Kelly writes: “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[sic] addict slumping in a chair.”
Did you read Maura Kelly’s article? Do you think her viewpoints are offensive or hurtful? Downright insensitive, right?
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