I’m guessing by now many of you have read the Marie Claire article that has caused such an Internet stir today.
For those of you who haven’t, a blogger for Marie Claire, Maura Kelly, who primarily writes about her lovelorn existence, took a stab at body-image commentary. According to Kelly her editor asked her to chime in on her opinion of whether or not “people feel uncomfortable when they see overweight people making out on television?”
This question is in response to the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly. [Full disclosure: CBS is one of my employers, but I have absolutely nothing to do with their television department and this blog post is solely my opinion as a regular ole person.]
Kelly’s answer is what is causing so much unrest among the women’s magazine reading public:
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.
It has been a long time since I sat seething, spewing expletives at a computer screen, but this certainly brought out the angry in me. My anger magnified as I kept reading and Kelly noted that she wasn’t a “size-ist jerk” and that she has “friends who could be called plump.”
Does that sound similar to: “I’m not a racist, some of my best friends are black” or “I’m not homophobic, my hairdresser is gay” to anyone else? That same line of reasoning has been used for eons to justify peoples’ prejudices.
She then went on to say that she would be “happy to give you some nutrition and fitness suggestions if you need them” but all fatties really need to do is “eat more fresh and unprocessed foods, read labels and avoid foods with any kind of processed sweetener.”
Okay, thanks Maura, I think you’ve just singlehandedly solved the world’s obesity epidemic. After all, as you said “obesity is something that most people have a ton of control over. It’s something they can change, if only they put their minds to it.”
Your wisdom is sure to be a great help to the 63.1% of adults in the U.S. who were either overweight or obese in 2009. And, you know, the millions of other people all over the world who struggle with their weight, and are considered “gross” and “aesthetically displeasing” by people like you. I’m sure most of them haven’t spent much of their life berating themselves for not being exactly what you, and magazines like Marie Claire tell them they should be in order to be worthy of acceptance.
I am really appalled and shocked that the editors over at Marie Claire allowed this piece to go live. I wrote a rebuttal to it on one of the websites I write for and I know my editor most definitely scaled back my rage. I would like to think if I were to go on some rant where I insensitively degraded a group of people he might chime in and tell me that perhaps that was inappropriate.
There is a small part of me that believes that this post was created on purpose, as a publicity stunt for the magazine. If that is so, shame on Hearst; you don’t deserve the readers that have shown you loyalty over the years. I will never pick up another issue of Marie Claire, and I hope that advertisers leave your pages empty.
I, for one, have never seen Mike & Molly, but I loved Melissa McCarthy in Gilmore Girls. I think she is beautiful and it is wonderful to see a plus sized woman in a romantic lead.
Now for the food:
Granted my smoothie looked like liquid charcoal, it actually tasted like bananas.
Spinach, almond milk, banana, blueberries, flax seed, honey
I was starving today. I had initially brought a second lunch to give to a coworker, but when my stomach was growling at 10am I decided I needed both lunches today.
Leftover barley, feta, shrimp salad
Leftover pasta with cheese and cauliflower
Salad with olive oil and vinegar