Marie Claire Writer Causes Fury Over Attack Against ‘Fatties’ on TV

by | October 27, 2010 at 3:44 PM | TV News

'Mike and Molly' Stars Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy (Photo: CBS)

'Mike and Molly' Stars Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy (Photo: CBS)

Never mind that Marie Claire writer Maura Kelly has never seen CBS sitcom ‘Mike & Molly‘—she just wants you to know that the idea of watching two obese people making out on television is downright repulsive.

In her blog post Should ‘Fatties’ Get a Room (Even on TV)?, she writes: “No one who is as fat as Mike and Molly can be healthy. 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.”

She also adds: “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.”

To defend herself (and toss in enough politically correct statements to avoid an onslaught of attacks), Kelly goes on to say that she’s got friends who are “plump,” is well aware that it’s difficult for heavy folks to lose weight, and offers some diet and exercise tips sprinkled with lots of encouragement (others might use the word condescension).

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Did the PC comments mitigate the hate mail? Uhh, that would be a morbidly obese N-O. Even with Kelly issuing a follow-up mea culpa (and revealing her past battle with anorexia), the Marie Claire blog is racking in over 1000 comments and counting—the overwhelming majority of readers declaring they’re mad as hell and can’t take this anti-fat blog anymore! Some promise to boycott the glossy altogether, while others are demanding Kelly’s j-o-b be taken away from her.

Earlier today, even the ladies on ‘The View‘ chimed in over the controversy, with host Elisabeth Hasselbeck saying that Kelly’s article is “hurtful” and could be considered “discrimination.” In an attempt to be fair, co-host Sherri Shepherd added that while she applauds Kelly’s concern about the major health issues that come along with being overweight, she said the writer’s message gets lost when she shares her personal disgust for ‘fatties.’

The issue caused even more of a stir over on CBS’s ‘The Talk,’ with an outraged Sharon Osbourne claiming she’s canceling her subscription to the magazine.

“I am so close to tears. If this woman was here I’d tell you she would get such a mouthful from me,” Osbourne said. “People like this are adding to the problem that we have today with our kids, boys and girls, about being anorexic, having low self-esteem. How dare she.”

Osbourne continued: “I’m 30 pounds overweight right now. Should I not be allowed to kiss my husband? Or my children or walk across a room? This is no better than Nazi Germany saying that everybody should be tall, slim, blonde with blue eyes. And that’s the way I feel. How dare they.”

What say you? Do you laud the writer for sharing her gut-honest thoughts or do you find her comments appallingly insensitive and inexcusable? Is this a justified win for political correctness or has it run amok?