Marie Claire Blogger ‘Grossed Out’ by ‘Fatties’ on Television

Blogger Maura Kelly has created an uproar over her harsh criticisms and editorial targeting the plus-size characters on the new comedy Mike and Molly.
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The Sex and Relationships blogger wrote that “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.”

Mike and Molly is CBS’ new romantic comedy that revolves around a couple, played by Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy, who met through an Overeaters Anonymous group. I can only assume their love for one another unfolds over laughable and lovable moments related to food.

The “Should ‘Fatties’ Get a Room? (Even on TV)” blog post received more than 28,000 e-mails responding to the post labeling the characters as being ”downright obese,” adding that Maura finds it “aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room” in real life.

Maura continued to voice that, “Now, don’t go getting the wrong impression: I have a few friends who could be called plump. I’m not some size-ist jerk… I’m happy to give you some nutrition and fitness suggestions if you need them.” (Thank you?) She follows up by asking, “Fat people making out on TV – are you cool with it? Do you think I’m being an insensitive jerk?” Hey, you said it.

To save the integrity of the magazine, naturally Maura offered an 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.”

Marie Claire Editor-In-Chief Joanna Coles defensively told Fashionista website that her writer is “a very provocative blogger,” and added, “She was an anorexic herself, and this is a subject she feels very strongly about.”

Undoubtedly, the expression of Maura’s opinions were thoughtless, tasteless and irresponsible, which has lead her to be identified as hateful and a bigot. Remove ”Marie Claire” from this story, and you would have expected that a 7th grader wrote this on their Facebook. The animosity and ignorance that emanates from the words that she wrote could have used a couple days to sink in. I suggest letting the ink dry on the paper before hitting publish. Whether she has merit or truth to her post, the writer Journalistically vomited, which has reminded us all to be sensitive in our public opinions.

Who says “fatties?” anyway?

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