What happened was, Maura Kelly over at Marie Claire wrote a blog post titled, "Should "Fatties" Get a Room? (Even on TV?)" I first heard about it because someone linked to a Fatshionista post that ably deconstructs the utter wrongheadedness of the whole thing. There are a lot of responses going around; I don't actually want to sit here and talk about what a terrible person Kelly is (although I am tempted to curse a lot), because I don't think that really gets to the root of the problem.
I think a lot of what Kelly says is what a lot people already think. It wouldn't have touched such a nerve if it didn't voice what a number of people already think--more to the point, what overweight people are afraid other people think. ( Read more...Collapse )
ETA: From @maureenjohnson: "UPDATE on @marieclaire: having combed Twitter for entries, they are now posting random things under the banner of 'Free speech is beautiful'." Yes, I suppose thoughtless, self-centered, demeaning speech is just as protected as any other.
ETA: Marie Claire pretty much set Maura Kelly up to fail on purpose.