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Response to "Should Fatties Get a Room? (Even of TV)? by Maura Kelly ~ Mom Blog ~

Yep, that is the title that seems to be causing such a stir in the blogosphere, as well as in Hollywood news. It's all directed to the TV show Mike and Molly featured on CBS. Maura Kelly, a blog writer for Marie Claire magazine wrote a blog posting in which she shared a few choice words about how this show is depicting obese characters in intimate situations. So, why is everyone outraged? Well, read the article Should Fatties Get a Room and then form your own opinion. Was she too harsh?

Photo borrowed from CNN website


My response-


I find it interesting that Maura's other postings have gotten few and far comments ranging from 0-15 on most. They have also been on controversial topics with titles such as, "Innocent Sibling Incest", "Do Fat Men Last Longer", and "Are you Gay".


So, why this posting? Why so many comments and such madness? The 1700 comments prove that this is a society issue with much sensitivity. It is personal to many because unlike the above topics, being obese touches every person in some way, whether it be a parent, sibling, friend, co-worker, or one's self.


I think the choice of vocabulary is where she went wrong, using such words as 'grossed out' rather than sticking with the "aesthetically displeasing" comment. If you remove a few vocab glitches, there is much truth to the posting. People do need to eat right, being morbidly obese is unhealthy, most are unhappy, it typically is about lack of control, it does cost the health care system a lot, and so on. I have watched enough Dr. Oz to know that these are indeed true.

What about the editor? She is the one that posed the question. What about CNN? They are the ones with the original article drawing people's attention to the comfort level of people watching morbidly obese people on TV. They said that this show has, "drawn cries from some viewers who aren't comfortable watching intimacy between two plus-sized actors." Many people are speaking out against Maura, but the reality is, based on CNN's statement, there must be many more like her.

I am in no way condoning the delivery of Maura's message, as her words were somewhat abrasive. Because there was such an outrage about this posting, she did issue an apology. I am sure many people appreciated it, although some people felt like it was an insincere gesture and just given as a result of the outpouring of negativity towards her.


After thought: I think I may go back and read that one posting on "Do Fat Men Last Longer?"... smile smile

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