On October 25, Marie Claire posted an entry from blogger Maura Kelly about finding overweight people on TV “aesthetically displeasing.” Kelly spends a large portion of her post railing on overweight people featured on shows like the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly. In her mind, heavy people should not be intimate with each other on television.
The blog post has caused such a stir that not only has Kelly updated it to add an apology for the tone, but Marie Claire has started a series of response posts from other editors and bloggers discussing the issue. One of the responses comes from Fatshionista, a blogger independent from Marie Claire. The responses bring up many valid points about the lack of full-figured television characters that look like the rest of us.
Many websites and blogs are weighing in too, including Jezebel and the Huffington Post. The integrity of the editors who allowed the post to be published has been called in to question – people want to know who thought the post was a good idea to publish in the first place. While I was reading the original post, at least 35 more comments were posted about it on Marie Claire’s site. Many women have publicly declared that they are cancelling their subscriptions and are calling for others to join them in doing so.
Body image and self-esteem issues run rampant, and fashion magazines such as Marie Claire play a role in perpetuating these issues. Instead of appreciating our bodies and all that they can do for us, we focus on being too fat or too thin. Let’s praise the fact that there is some diversity of size and shape on TV, not shove it into a corner. Being healthy, no matter what your size, is much more important than being thin.
What do you think about Maura Kelly’s post? Does it change the way you think about Marie Claire? Tell us what you think!