By: J Sydnie Goodwin
A recent post by Marie Claire blogger, Maura Kelly, has outraged readers from across the country. The blog post, “Should ‘Fatties’ Get a Room? (Even on TV?),” describes Kelly’s feelings towards overweight people, and her disgust for them making out on television.
The blog was prompted by an episode of Mike & Molly on CBS, where the two overweight characters share a kiss on screen. “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,” Kelly wrote.
Within the last few days, the Marie Claire Facebook page has been blown up by hundreds of comments from readers who have cancelled their subscription, and many who have just “liked” the page in order to leave angry comments. The blog has also been the topic of popular talk shows, such as The Talk, where Sharon Osbourne weighs in on Kelly’s post.
The boycott of Marie Claire was then taken further, and a protest was organized to “make a statement that love has no weight limit”. On Friday, October 29, men and women were asked to gather outside of the Hearst Tower at 6 p.m. for the “Big Fat Kiss-in.” Around 20 people attended, while many sent their regrets that they couldn’t make it.
A Marie Claire spokesperson said, “The opinion was that of a blogger, not the magazine. She posted an apology the same day. We consider this matter closed.”
Kelly posted an apology and admitted to struggling with anorexia and having a fear of being overweight, but does that make what she wrote OK? How much leeway and opinion should a blogger be granted when writing for a big publication, as opposed to a personal blog?
Unfortunately the original blog post is no longer on the Marie Claire website, but the Facebook comments speak for themselves. Kelly has tainted the magazine, and I question whether it is possible for such a publication to recover. Is Marie Claire prominent enough to still have readers, or will this ultimately ruin them because of a bloggers “bigoted opinion”?