This morning Sally McGraw of the blog Already Pretty alerted her Twitter followers to an article about plus-size television stars that was posted on MarieClaire.com yesterday. Her initial response, “Seriously, Marie Claire? SERIOUSLY?” was my exact reaction as soon as I clicked the link and read a few sentences …
Here’s the deal: One of MarieClaire.com’s bloggers, Maura Kelly, decided to address a new TV show called “Mike & Molly,” which features two plus-size characters in an intimate relationship. The title of her piece is “Should ‘Fatties’ Get a Room?” and the author quickly answers this vile question with an emphatic “Yes!” Some choice quotes:
“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.”
“I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room.”
“I have a few friends who could be called plump. I’m not some size-ist jerk.”
“I guess these characters are in Overeaters Anonymous. So … points for trying?”
It would be utterly repugnant for someone to suggest that only thin people have the right to love and sexual satisfaction, but Ms. Kelly takes it one step further — she seems offended by the fact that larger people dare to simply exist, let alone on her TV. Dripping with judgment, intolerance, and elitism, this article exemplifies the worst traits of the women’s magazine world and magnifies the sad truth about our society’s size-ist attitudes.
Marie Claire is now facing a firestorm in the comments section, on Twitter, and throughout the web. Rightfully so, if you ask me. What do you guys think?