Thursday, October 28, 2010

Snog for Equality

So, you know, Maura Kelly and Marie Claire fucked up. And are continuing to.

The best possible thing to say or do about it now is show up tomorrow at the protest at the Hearst Tower and smooch wildly at the Big Fat Kiss-In, organized in part by Marilyn Wann and Substantia Jones of Adipositivity.

It's amazing to me how much fat activism--lots of activism--has changed in the era of social media. Responses to balls-out fat hatred had a much harder time gaining momentum even five years ago. Everything is on the boil.

Dear Maura Kelly:

Showing fat people kissing is not "implicitly promoting obesity," it is implicitly promoting the fact that fat people are human fucking beings. Get over it.

Kiss kiss kiss!


  1. Oh, where to begin?

    1. "Heroine addict" with an E?

    2. "Not some size-ist jerk"? Oh, really? "It's not that they're kissing that really grosses me out, it's that they exist at all" is really her thesis.

    3. Uh, REALLY? She's worried that Hollywood is making obesity too acceptable, promoting obesity? Yes, that's the pervasive message out of Hollywood.

    4. Thesis #2: Fat people are just too lazy and too dumb to know about diet and exercise. But Maura Kelly has all the answers!

    It's nice that she updated her post with an apology, acknowledgment that her remarks were unproductive, and mention of her own thin obsession and history of anorexia. But what piss-poor judgment in writing the piece in the first place!

  2. Hehe...I love that that's your #1. What's up with that spelling, anyhow? I see it gaining traction.

    Her apology had some good, explanatory stuff (albeit obvious; that "I am happy to give you suggestions comment" is very anorexic-profile) and some stuff that wasn't really an apology at all ("not simply a little overweight, but appear to be morbidly obese").

  3. " is implicitly promoting the fact that fat people are human fucking beings." I love you. I really, really do.