The "highlights", if you don't want to read the drivel directly:
So anyway, yes, 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...
Now, don't go getting the wrong impression: I have a few friends who could be called plump. I'm not some size-ist jerk.The author, one Maura Kelly, goes on to suggest how simple losing weight is and offers her own helpful tips to get there. (Eat Less! Exercise! Count Calories!) Gee thanks! Honestly this sort of thing gives me so much rage it is hard to know where to begin with all that is horrible with her point of view here.
First, if you have to say that you have "plump" friends to prove that your comments aren't from a prejudice of your own then you are exactly the size-ish jerk you are trying to say that you aren't. It is like saying that having gay friends means that saying homophobic things aren't really homophobic at all.
Do you shame your "plump" friends regularly too Maura? Is that your way of helpful motivation? Because most obese people that I know, myself included, realize that weight loss involves eating less, counting calories, and exercise. And yet, I haven't figured it out how to do master the weight loss for myself. I struggle with it, I have set-backs. But like all fat people I know, I am working on it.
But I'll let you know something too. I "make out" with my fat husband. We have sex. (I would hope so since we have a kid). We love each other. Does that disgust you Maura Kelly? It shouldn't. It is love between two people and I am worthy of love. Obese people are worthy of love. The fact that there is a TV show that shows two characters working on their weight and loving one another is not revolting. It is a sign that media is beginning to recognize that the world is full of diverse people all worthy of love.
I am disgusted by Marie Claire's willingness to publish this article. Sensationalism is one thing but this is downright shame and prejudice. Hollywood and the fashion world has been shaming people into thinking they are fat and less acceptable for years and perhaps this is one more addition to the "fat is bad" refrain. Worst of all Hollywood doesn't argue about obesity from a health standpoint; they do so from an asthetic one. Their refrain is that there is no beauty or worth in being overweight. I want to be thin to be healthy but it doesn't change my worth!
I am worthy of love. And so are my other "fat" friends, and the "plump" ones, and the thin ones too.
Even, you Maura Kelly, are worthy of love. I'm just sorry that you feel it is because you are thin and not because you are simply you, prejudiced, fearful, God-created, you.
And Marie Claire, I guess you can plan on not having me as a reader. But I imagine you don't mind. I'm sure my obesity would offend you if I were seen reading your magazine too. I wouldn't want to hurt your image.