Talking Points - the WEIGHT DEBATE strikes again!

29 October 2010

Actress Melissa McCarthy of "Mike & Molly"

US blogger Maura Kelly has provoked muchos controversy this week with her article entitled ‘Should Fatties Get A  Room’, where she discussed the TV show Mike & Molly – where the two main characters are both, on the ‘plus’ end of the size spectrum. Offence was caused by the quote-

‘Being overweight is one thing -- those people are downright obese! And while I think our country's obsession with physical perfection is unhealthy, I also think it's at least equally crazy, albeit in the other direction, to be implicitly promoting obesity!

 . . . 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.’

She added by saying; ‘Obesity is something that most people have a ton of control over. It's something they can change, if only they put their minds to it.’

After other blogs, including Jezebel and Fashionista leapt to condemn her comments, she has backed down and apologised, saying

‘I would really like to apologize for the insensitive things I've said in this post. Believe it or not, I never wanted anyone to feel bullied or ashamed after reading this, and I sorely regret that it upset people so much. A lot of what I said was unnecessary; it wasn't productive, either’

What do you think? Should such comments be taboo in the same way racism or homophobia is or do we all have a right to jump into the debate over weight?

Let us know in the box below . . .


-Naomi Attwood



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