As fashion fans, you know there is plenty of controversy in the fashion world. Here at Mama’s A Rolling Stone, we rarely take sides, but we are interested in hearing your thoughts on the major topics. Hence, Your Thoughts: our aptly-titled series on the most controversial, most contentious, most divisive issues within the industry. Up first: a Marie Claire blogger’s weight debate.
The Matter At Hand
Marie Claire sex and relationship blogger Maura Kelly recently wrote a post titled “Should Fatties’ Get A Room? (Even on TV?).” In it, she debated whether or not overweight people (specifically, on television) should “get a room” because they tend to “gross” her out. An excerpt:
“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.”
For the most part, people are angry for two reasons: (a) Some think that Maura Kelly comes off as insensitive and tactless. (b) Some think that this anti-overweight stance is out-of-place in an industry that has been working on reforming the weight standards.
Several commenters have called for a boyfcott of Marie Claire, while others have claimed they are cancelling their subscriptions. Maura Kelly has followed up her post, apologizing for her insensitivity. In addition, Marie Claire editor-in-chief Joanna Coles has weighed in, talking exclusively to Fashionista.com: “Maura Kelly is a very provocative blogger. She was an anorexic herself and this is a subject she feels very strongly about.”
So, what are your thoughts? We’d love to hear them in the comments below!