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Friday, October 29, 2010

Big Controversy

If you heard a loud BOOM! earlier this week, that was the sound of the Internet exploding over a blog post published by Marie Claire magazine blogger Maura Kelly about the sitcom "Mike and Molly." The show features the life and times of overweight couple Mike and Molly and has many Americans happy to finally see a "real" couple depicted on television. However, the mere idea of two fat people making out has Kelly retching and kvetching all over her blog. She admits to never seeing the show, but says:

“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 – 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.”

Being a person who advocates for love (and lust) at every size, I was saddened by Kelly's blatant prejudice, but I was heartened by the thousands of backlash letters received by Marie Claire from fat-positive readers who threatened to revoke their subscriptions for allowing such drivel to published. The public outcry led to an apology from Kelly. In part, she says:

"People have accused me of being a bully in my post. I never intended to be that — it's actually the very last thing I want to be, as a writer or a person. But I know that I came off that way, and I really cannot apologize enough to the people whom I upset."

Meh. The apology was fine, but with her language being so outrageously harsh in the initial post, it's difficult to rectify. Other fat-postive folks aren't satisfied either, and they're doing something about it. Tonight, outside the Marie Claire offices at Hearst Tower in Manhattan, fat activist Stacy Bias and her pals are are hosting The Big Fat Kiss-in at 6pm. Likeminded people are encouraged to make out in plain view of Marie Claire to make it clear that love, at any size, isn't "aesthetically displeasing." Everyone's invited, so grab your Chapstick, breath spray and make out for a worthy cause! You can RSVP to the Facebook event here.

Big, fat kisses,

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