Should "Fatties" Get a Room? (Even on TV?)
As I arrived to work this morning.. I am greeted by my co worker who is telling me about this article written by Maura Kelly for marieclaire.com so I went over to read it.
You can take a look and read it just follow this link-- but maybe that's not such a good idea.. we will just be giving them more hits on their website =b.. ugh and I really don't want to do that.. but in case u r interested.. http://www.marieclaire.com/sex-love/dating-blog/overweight-couples-on-television
First let me tell you that I watch Mike and Molly and I have been doing so since the first Episode and I love it. I was excited to finally have a Show that has a Heart and shows feelings and can be relate able. The characters are great, and so down to earth and not fake and materialistic like other shows. I love Molly a School Teacher , played by the super adorable Melissa McCarthy (who played Sooky St James in Gilmore Girls and Dena in Samantha Who? ) and Mike one of Chicago's' Finest a Police officer who is played by Billy Gardell. I Love the characters and the Actors who portray them and to write something that undermines their work and their persons is just so petty.
The show is about them finding each other and the struggles they endure some of them are in regards to their weight but mostly the show is about their blooming relationship and about the relationship they have with the people around them. I love the show because its a show that is Funny and has contents and its not a superficial show where every one is a size 1 and living in a penthouse or on the hills.
It's also more than a show about 2 people who are struggling with their over eating eating/weight. Its a show about Love and how two people who feel insecurities about themselves, finally take the leap of faith and put their fears to the side and take a chance on Love and on each other. Something that we can all relate, because lets be honest we all have something that makes us insecure, that's what makes us human and I can empathise with others.
I am personally not offended by seeing two people who love each other kiss on TV or in public and I am not offended by seeing people who might not be what society thinks as perfect or beautiful show Public Displays of Affection. Love is Love and its a blessing to find it.
And I also understand that being overweight is not a good thing for health reasons. But no one has the right to criticize and make mean comments about other people and their appearance and say that they look disgusting.
However I am DISGUSTED by the Article written for marieclaire.com by Maura Kelly. I find that Article, the writer and specially marieclaire.com offensive for allowing this writer to write all that garbage.
I don't know about the rest of you, but to me by allowing this article to be posted on their website, it means that marieclaire.com supports this offensive view of overweight people.
To write about our opinions is one thing to blatantly state the following (straight quote from her article) is another.
"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 "—Should "Fatties" Get a Room? (Even on TV?) October 25, 2010 9:00 AM by Maura Kelly
You would think that this type of article would not have been written, specially in the wake of all the bulling that has been taking place and after a flood of all those Public Service announces calling for tolerance.
We need to remember that tolerance applies to every one who feels picked on for what ever reason be it that you are having issues with they way you look, your weight, sexual orientations, color or Race.
There was even one from President Obama calling for Tolerance and To Stop Bullying.. obviously this does not apply to certain people who think that because they look a certain way or have a certain job or position , they have the right to say offensive things and dictate what they think is beautiful, or acceptable in society.
If you are blessed to be in a position to get your voice across to the masses.. be responsible and let that VOICE be heard and used for goodness to uplift and help others , and not to criticize and beat someone down.
PS... To learn more about the writer you can google her name or take a look at her bio below according to it she herself has has suffered from an eating disorder.. and maybe she is experiencing self loathing and is projecting her discomfort. I can only pray for her and hope that she learns from this and is able to learn to love herself and others.
***Her Bio from marieclaire.com
Maura Kelly is a freelance writer who is working on a novel. Some of the things she loves: indie rock, peanut butter, Fellini films, the Brooklyn Bridge, running (slowly) in Prospect Park (always wearing New Balance sneakers) and The Brothers Karamazov. And definitely her friends, too; her tight circle includes a fashion designer, a hard news journalist, a couple magazine editors, a bike messenger-turned-lawyer, a professor of philosophy and an aspiring screenwriter. On her dating resume, there's an unusual number of visual artists, a couple of jazz musicians, and one guy named Thor. Though she's in her thirties, she's never been in love before - and has started to wonder if she ever will be. She's decided she has to start making dating her job if it's ever going to happen. Hence, this blog. Her personal essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The New York Times, The New York Observer, The Washington Post, New York Press, Glamour, Salon, "Before and After: Stories from New York," and "Going Hungry: Writers on Desire, Denial and Overcoming Anorexia," to name a few.