Maura Kelly, a writer for Marie Claire magazine, is causing quite a buzz today after she composed an article entitled, “Should Fatties Get A Room (Even on TV)?”
In talking about the new sitcom, “Mike & Molly”, Maura Kelly wrote, “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.”
Maura Kelly has since issued an apology for her extremely offensive comments, and she’s blaming the article on her past history with anorexia.
In a statement, she said that she deeply regrets upsetting people with her words and added, “A few commenters and one of my friends mentioned that my extreme reaction might have grown out of my own body issues, my history as an anorexic, and my life-long obsession with being thin. As I mentioned in the ongoing dialogue we’ve been carrying on in the comments section, I think that’s an accurate insight.”
It’s all well and good that she issued an apology, but the damage has already been done. Either way you look at it, Maura Kelly has done a great job of making young girls, and even adult women, feel insecure about their bodies no matter what their shape and size. She tears people apart for being overweight, yet she admits to having an unhealthy obsession with being skinny. I don’t know which is worse!
Hopefully if any teenage girls read her Marie Claire article, their mothers will have the presence of mind to sit down and have a talk with them about embracing themselves for who they are, heavy, thin, or anywhere in between.