File this one under “If you think these things, you are an asshole, and if you publish them on the internet and in a major magazine you are really the worst human being”: Marie Claire writer Maura Kelly pens a whole piece about how “fatties” on TV should “get a room,” because she doesn’t like seeing fat people. Anywhere. Ever. But especially on TV.
I won’t excerpt it here because the whole thing is atrocious, but suffice it to say that Kelly points to every OMGObesity! line in the book. Fat people are gross! They could lose weight if they just tried! It’s impossible to be that fat and be healthy! Showing fat people as anything other than total failures at life encourages obesity! Etc etc.
There’s a post-script apologizing for being “insensitive.” But even her apology doesn’t seem to really get it. Perhaps, as a magazine that supposedly caters to women, Marie Claire would be better served by writers who don’t use the magazine’s website as a platform to publicly shame and berate women whose bodies are outside of one woman’s ideal.
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