Friday, October 29, 2010

What does Marie Claire Magazine's writer really think of you and me?

Earlier this week the online magazine, Marie Claire featured an article written by Maura Kelly, a member of their staff. Here is part of it so you can get the general point of the article: 



Should "Fatties" Get a Room? (Even on TV?)
Hmm, being overweight is one thing — those people are downright obese! ....And while I think our country's obsession with physical perfection is unhealthy, I also think it's at least equally crazy, albeit in the other direction, to be implicitly promoting obesity! .....And obesity is costing our country far more in terms of all the related health problems we are paying for, by way of our insurance, than any other health problem, even cancer. ....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 

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.....But I think 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.....

In response to a public outcry, Maura Kelly updated her article with the following:

I would really like to apologize for the insensitive things I've said in this post....A lot of what I said was unnecessary. It wasn't productive, either....


I would like to reiterate that I think it's great to have people of all shapes and healthy sizes represented in magazines (as, it bears mentioning here, they are in Marie Claire) and on TV shows — and that in my post, I was talking about a TV show that features people who are not simply a little overweight, but appear to be morbidly obese....

(that's right Maura, keep digging that hole). 


As a former chubba-babe I was not only offended by Maura Kelly's original article, I was also offended by her obvious attempt to back pedal her way past her statement "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."

She said she was being brutally honest. I think she was. I do not think you can change brutally honest into "I didn't really mean that."  I think she does not like very fat people to be in her line of vision. I think that is sad. She is a little less of a human being who deserves compassion because she herself has no compassion for people who do not please her aesthetically. I wonder how she views people who were born in deformed bodies. I wonder how she views people with Downs syndrome, who are quite often and through no fault of their own, overweight . What else bothers you Maura?

Maura started the article by saying  she  "can be kind of clueless. 

I think that one sentence said it all. 

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