There is an article in Marie Claire DOT com entitled: Should “Fatties” Get a Room? (Even on TV?). I became aware of this article through Twitter. A couple of my fave authors tweeted about this article and how they were left speechless after reading it. Speechless in a bad way!
Apparently, there is a CBS show called Mike and Molly. It is about an overweight couple who met at an Overeaters Anonymous group. The show is drawing complaints from some sectors for the abundance of fat jokes and from some people who aren’t comfortable watching intimacy between two plus-sized actors.
Maura Kelly, the author of the blog post, said that she’d be grossed out if she has 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…
Wow! What a jerk!
And she also wrote that…
But … I think 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.
What? Maura Kelly?!?! What did you say???
Let me state my reaction to her article…
You see, I’ve been overweight most of my life. It’s a combination of genes and lots of temptation around me. I came from a family of overweight people (my dad’s side) and we are a family of foodies. I would like to tell Maura Kelly that if it’s just something that can be turned on and off easily, I would be as skinny as her today! Does she think it’s EASY to control the cravings? Does she think it’s like a light switch that can be turned on and off when we want to? Why is it that there are so many overweight persons in the world if it’s as EASY as “if only they put their minds to it”?!?
It’s a struggle. It’s a lifelong battle for some (like me). It’s never easy because even when I stop eating for a week, the excess weight won’t come off easily. I can starve myself and sweat gallons to lose weight. And I will surely lose weight. But it’s never going to be skinny like her. It’s never going to be like that because we don’t stop living. There are still cravings to stave off.
As long as there are people out there who are like her “grossed out seeing a fat person walk across a room”, or persons who think that being obese is a choice that we can un-make, then the struggle becomes doubly hard. There’s more pressure coming from all directions and it adds to the battle we’re facing.
Does Maura Kelly think we enjoy being this heavy?!? Does she think we like the fact that a show about obese people need to be made for people to understand our lives more? And does she think it’s funny to read her call obese people “fatties”?!?
We don’t need more bullies in this world. Especially in this generation. I think the Maura Kellys of this world should think twice before egging people with the same mindset as theirs to start bullying the “fatties” out there!