Post # 1
I’m a little suprised no one on here’s talking about this yet and wanted to see what other people thought about Maura Kelly’s blog post on Mike and Molly that’s making a big ruckus. I’ve never seen Mike and Molly.
On the one hand, yes it’s very harsh and no one or no group of people deserve to be told their normal everyday actions are disgusting. (And this almost seems like a personal insult on the actors) On the other, she’s a blogger and she writes her thoughts and as she admitted later her thoughts are very skewed as a result of her own eating disorders. (No excuse for her editor though, this probably should have never been pulished.)
*Note* I wanted to post a link but can’t at work, sorry.
Post # 3
It is ridiculous and completely unnecessary. If it weren’t such a high name publication people wouldn’t even take it seriously. I think the majority of people disagree with everything she had to say.
Post # 4
I just read the article posted above and thought it to be very insensitive, but interesting at the same time. My opinion is that there is something wrong with the author, not the “fat people” she doesn’t like to make her feel so strongly about this subject. She thinks the problem is the “fat people”, but I think the problem lies within her.
Interesting. I’d be curious to hear what other people on here think about this!
Post # 5
Ms. Kelly was asked to write about the show. However, she never watched it but instead used her column to share her personal feelings on over-weight people. She obvioulsy has body issues, but that doesn’t mean she needs to reflect them on others. It’s not like the show is focusing on the characters simply sitting around and stuffing their faces. The characters met in Overeaters Anonymous, for crying out loud!
While I have to admit that I’ve never picked up a copy of Marie Claire & don’t really know the content, but so sorry we can’t all be the size 2 models in the magazine. I imagine this is going to cost Marie Claire a lot of money.
Post # 6
@MsEucalyptus: I had the same thoughts as you about her editor, but yet it seems her editor gave her the idea for the post. The post starts out, “The other day, my editor asked me, “Do you really think people feel uncomfortable when they see overweight people making out on television?”
Post # 7
@Neva: I wonder if they were trying to start something. I mean they leave the article up and post an update. Why not pull the article and replace it with an apology? It just seems so weird, and the editor seems to agree.
Post # 8
she probably just needs a burger and fries… and I won’t even bother to read the article
Post # 9
It seems like they all have issues over at Marie Claire. I understand that being ‘morbidly overweight’ as she defines it isn’t healthy, but I can’t believe she compared it to being a heroin addict. That’s just ridiculous.
Post # 10
Honestly, I thought this article was rediculous. I understand that she is expressing her true feelings and that is what a blog is for, but doing it for a large magazine…is just plain stupid! Just read the comments section and see how many people were totally pissed by this! I think writing anything with that much insensitivity, lack of respect and rudeness is a sure fire way to make some enemies!
Post # 11
I thought the article was stupid.
You know what I think when I see overweight people on TV? Probably about the same thing when I see them in real life. Not a damn thing. I have too much other stuff to worry about than how much someone weighs.
Stupid, stupid, and very unecessarily cruel. That article/author probably wanted nothing more than to start drama. Drama = publicity = money.
Post # 12
OH wow. I just read the article and I feel very sad and upset. I agree that everyone has an opinion but to put it on a magazine that I thought was to empower woman and make us feel great about ourselves makes that mag look very very bad. I think this article should be taken down. =(
Post # 13
Yeah, I saw this on the news this morning. I don’t watch the show, so I can’t really speak intelligently about the message it’s sending, but in general I do have a problem with glamorizing obesity in any way or making it ‘acceptable’ in our society, just like i have a problem with anoeriexic models getting any positive attention because of their looks. I think there’s a really big problem with our loss of American values on TV in general, not just eating healthy. We’re switching to an ‘all about me’ society which probably in some way has something to do with the move to accept obesity.
Do I want to watch these two make out? No. But that’s a combination of me not watching ‘junk’ TV (only news and sports and sometimes movies) and just not being attracted to that look. I wouldn’t want to watch a super old couple making out either. I think writing this article is extremely insensitive and dilutes the point I was making above (if the author actually wanted to make my point in the first place).
Post # 14
@moderndaisy: I’ve watched a couple episodes, and the characters actually are dieting. I didn’t see it as glamorizing obesity at all. I’m not trying to be argumentative, I just thought I’d throw that out there for those who haven’t seen the show! 🙂
Post # 15
I read the article this morning and thought Ugh, well that’s quite inappropriate, they’re going to lose quite a few subscriptions. The title and where she said she wouldn’t want to watch the characters do anything were the things that got me the most.
So then I went to watch clips of the show to see what the show was about and it seems like one big fat joke. I mean I get that women call each other bitches but it’s bad when a guy does it but at the same time I don’t really like that kind of humor either so I donno, I wasn’t sure how the show is much better than the article.
Post # 16
@jo.lee: I’ve never seen the show, but I also don’t see how having two overweight people on the show having a romantic relationship “glamorizes” obesity. It was my understanding from the article that they both attend Overeaters Anonymous…which would seem to indicate even the characters themselves would like to make a change.
We live in a country where the majority of the adults are overweight or obese. These two people on the show look like people I see every day at the grocery store, at the mall, at the gas station, at my kid’s school, at church, etc. This is what a large portion of the population looks like. Is that a good thing? I don’t think many would argue that it is, but I thought it was interesting to see a couple on TV that looked like people I see every day. They are very underrepresented on television…but I personally thought it was kind of nice to see two overweight people portrayed as normal, likable characters….not as the comic relief
EDIT: After seeing troubled’s post, I think I might feel a bit differently. As I said, I’ve not seen the show. I didn’t realize the show was full of “fat” jokes. Ugh.