I'm not really sure what went through the mind of Marie Claire blogger Maura Kelly when she wrote the piece Should "Fatties" Get a Room? (Even on TV?).
Surely she knew nothing good would come from it.
She was addressing CBS's new show Mike & Molly about an overweight couple whose affection apparently disgusts her.
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.
Though I find the article to be completely ignorant, she does (unknowingly) raise the question as to what people are willing to watch on television and how far their comfort bubble expands.
For example, while I was a little disappointed in the hyped-about kissing scene a few weeks ago on Modern Family (just a peck, really?), I do know some more conservative people who felt that even a peck between two homosexual characters was taking it too far on a family network show. Heaven forbid actually having to sit through a -- gasp! -- full-fledge make-out scene.
And apparently, there are people out there that aren't comfortable with viewing obese people. Sure obesity is an issue in our country, but geezus, the way she described it in the article made me think she'd just as well have all the plus-sized people shipped off to an isolated farm somewhere so she'd never have to look at them.
With network television not always hopping off of the "norm" bandwagon, it's no surprise that we're left with some people in a tizzy over certain subject matters -- after all, it's rarely put to the test.
I applaud these shows for portraying characters of various sizes, sexual preferences, and backgrounds. It's what makes up our society, so why not extend that to our television programming? Anyone against it can just shut their mouths eyes.
What are your thoughts on the Marie Claire article? Are there any subject matters that are uncomfortable for you to watch?
For a response to Maura Kelly's article, read Dear Maura Kelly: Stop Being Stupid About Fat People.
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