Wow. Just wow. A blogger named Maura Kelly at Marie Claire discusses why she won’t watch the sitcom Mike & Molly. Choice quotes:
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.
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.
Blogger Maura Kelly, out-sciencing the reams of multiply-degreed scientists! Who still can’t figure out the interlocked and complex mechanisms of obesity! After years of intense research! Man, if they were only BLOGGERS FOR MARIE CLAIRE, they’d know the answer was PUTTING THEIR MINDS TO IT! (This reminds me of the endlessly awesome SNL sketch in which Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin implies that Amy Poehler’s Hillary Clinton didn’t win the nomination because she didn’t WANT it enough.)
Do you know why it doesn’t bother me that Maura Kelly can’t spell “heroin”? Because her brain is too full of SCIENCE! Do you know why it doesn’t bother me when Maura Kelly goes on to say “I’m not some size-ist jerk”? Because that line has to be funnier than anything in Mike & Molly! Win-win!
Look, I won’t watch Mike & Molly because my default assumption about sitcoms is that they’re stupid. (Though I love to be wrong! Hi, Modern Family, I love you!)
It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: It is shameful it is that a magazine chose to publish (even online, which to magazines is the equivalent of a newsstand in Kazakhstan) a piece about how someone else’s looks are disgusting.
Hat tip to Lesley for the pointer. And I agree with Lesley that it’s actually sort of refreshing to get the bias and hate so many folks feel right out there in the open.