Watch out! Plus-sized people are on primetime television. They’re cuddling. They’re kissing. And according to one concerned Marie Claire blogger, they’re even promoting obesity.
For those who missed the latest round of well-aimed Internet outrage, be sure to check out the jaw-dropping, fat-phobic text (now featuring 100% more apology) from Maura Kelly, titled “Should ‘fatties’ get a room? (Even on TV?)”.
Kelly framed her take around CBS’s “Mike & Molly,” which she's never seen. Rather than blasting the show for its one-trick pony approach to humor — hey, if there’s a lame fat joke to be made, the sitcom’s characters have made it twice — as so many have done before, the writer focused on the dangers of broadcasting an overweight couple at all.
“My initial response was: Hmm, being overweight is one thing — those people are downright obese!” Kelly wrote. “And while I think our country's obsession with physical perfection is unhealthy, I also think it's at least equally crazy, albeit in the other direction, to be implicitly promoting obesity!”
Just how the show promotes obesity, rather than simply acknowledging it exists, isn’t immediately clear. Did classic sitcom “Roseanne” promote obesity? Hey, maybe it promoted working two jobs and barely making ends meet, too?
Regardless, the successes of current shows, like “Drop Dead Diva” and “The Biggest Loser,” seems to say audiences don't really have a big problem with "fatties" on TV. No need to get a room. They're doing just fine out in the open.
'Fatties' blog post sets off online uproar