In this day and age, where “perfection” is perceived for us by those who write about fashion and beauty, we are prone to listen to them and take their word as absolute. However, when said fashion and beauty “experts” tell us that “fatties” expressing their affection for *gasp* other “fatties”, we have to draw the line. We must decide for ourselves what is fashionable and what is beautiful, not relying on others’ opinions. However, we don’t. So, then, is it any wonder that a popular magazine such as Marie Claire, would publish an article as vile as this? Personally, I don’t think so. Marie Claire obviously thinks they’re great and powerful enough to publish such drivel. Thankfully, there are those of us who do know what decency is. We know what hatred and bigotry is, because we are decent and we make our own assessments as to what anything is. We know people who are overweight, self-conscious, depressed, etc. We have that personal connection and so we see those people as beautiful too.
In light of DRAMA LLAMA Maura Kelly’s article, I have written an public letter to Marie Claire:
Dear Marie Claire,
Recently, one of your writers, Maura Kelly, wrote an article about “fat people” kissing in public as disgusting to her. To think that your magazine, one focused, in addition to fashion and makeup, to the empowerment of young girls and women, would allow this drivel to be published is beyond me. Your insane DISability to proactively take charge and monitor what your writers publish is also beyond me.
The article, Should “Fatties” Get A Room (Even on TV)?, is appalling and in such poor taste. It says to me that you are condoning the hatred, bigotry and cruelty of your writers of people who are (to you, unfortunately) not mainstream. Not beautiful. Not skinny. Not anything you seem to think you are. Who are you to tell *us* what is beautiful? What is mainstream? What is *it*? You are supposed to empower women to become all that they can be: beautiful, confident, extraordinary. Yet, you seem to be a bunch of hypocrites. Your version of empowerment seems to be to degrade, insult and be cruel to those that don’t fit your model of a woman.
Overweight people are still people. PEOPLE!!! They have hopes, dreams, aspirations. They also have feelings. FEELINGS! To let your writer think that her spiteful and cruel words are necessary and project a good image of your company, is at best, laughable. You’re supposed to empower girls and young woman; even older, mature women. Yet, you have proven that you are not such a magazine. Instead, you promote hatred, intolerance, cruelty and bigotry. You have shown your true face by letting such garbage as Maura write be published, all without any consideration, whatsoever, of your readers. Young girls reading your magazine will start to think it’s okay to be cruel to larger people, to be spiteful. Your young readers who are, as your Maura has called, “fatties”, will think that they are not beautiful, and will lose confidence in themselves, especially in their self images and self worth. You’ve done serious damage.
Overweight people feel that stigma and are already not confident and uncomfortable around others YOU have perceived as beautiful, as perfect. There are even those overweight, and yes, obese, individuals who are actively seeking a way to shed the extra pounds so that THEY feel better about themselves and are, ultimately, more healthy. Again, I ask, who are YOU to say what perfection is? What a woman is?
Well, let me tell you something: A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IS A WOMAN WHO KNOWS WHO SHE IS AND IS CONFIDENT IN HERSELF!!!
“Fatties” are, yes, overweight and, to you, unseemly. They are, apparently, to you, models of ridicule, because you can and you think you can get away with it. Well, you can’t. I’m putting my foot down. My FAT foot down.
That’s right, I’m overweight. I’m slightly obese. But I know who I am. I know what I want in this life and how to get it. I am woman. I am WOMAN. I AM WOMAN!
I am big(ger), yes. I am Beautiful. I am confident. And I refuse to let you, or anyone else, tell me otherwise. So take your hate, bigotry and your cruelty and go fuck yourself. I’m through with you. Through!
A Confident Woman
Want to let Marie Claire and Maura Kelly (article writer) know how you feel? You can, via twitter! @MarieClaire and @MauraKellyBlog
Maura Kelly did apologize, but it was a ridiculous parody of such. She basically said “I’m anorexic too, so I can be in your club, right?” Bitch, no. Just no. Who are you to try to come up in here and try to be all “I’m one of you” when you basically said you hate fat people and find their walking across the room to be disgusting to you.
All I have to say to you, Ms. Kelly, is this:
FUCK OFF BITCH!
Seems editor-in-chief, Ms. Coles, decided to step in and defend her blogger. Great, now we know you hate fatties too. Good job, you demented cow.
Then Marie Claire’s apparent attempt to spin this by having other “fattie” bloggers chime in with their own opinions. Wow, way to single out other “fatties” and make them upset and demoralize them. *claps hands sarcastically*
JUST IN CASE:
Marie Claire took down, then put back up, Maura Kelly’s blog post. However, I am a true “fattie” patriot in the “Fattie Land” and have decided to capture screenshots of the blog post AND provide the Google Cache link to you guys. I’ve also taken a screenshot of my email to Ms. Coles (my real name has been blanked out of the email) for your viewing pleasure.
If you want a copy of these screenshots for your own, just click them, wait for the image to load in a new page, then bookmark the screenshot pages. Please remember to credit me when using them for your own blog posts or referencing them. Thanks!!
What are your feelings on Marie Claire’s letting Maura Kelly post this blog post? Do you agree, disagree? Why?