​11 Things Kelly Clarkson's Fat-Shamers Forgot to Include in Their Apologies

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Kelly Clarkson is no stranger to being ripped to shreds for something just about every woman deals with at some point during or even throughout her life: fluctuating weight. But Fox News hosts Chris Wallace and Mike Gallagher took fat-shaming of the pop star to a whole new level when they shared a mind-blowingly cruel exchange about her on a recent show. ("Memorable" excerpts include: "Holy cow, did she blow up!" and "She could stay off the deep dish pizza for a little while.") The hosts have since apologized.


Wallace released the following statement to E! News:

I sincerely apologize to Kelly Clarkson for my offensive comment. I admire her remarkable talent and that should have been the focus of any discussion about her.

And Gallagher -- whose nickname is "Tubby Mike" -- posted on his website:

Tubby Mike is the last person in the world who should bring up anyone's weight. I couldn't possibly feel any worse than I do for making an observation that led to the conclusion that I 'fat-shamed' this talented and classy entertainer. It was a really stupid thing for me to do.

No kidding! But both of these statements appear to be, hmm, incomplete. Here, 11 meaningful, poignant points these overgrown frat boys forgot to include in their apologies to Kelly Clarkson.

1. "I'm sorry I'm too self-involved to realize that my comments make me look like I just time traveled here from an era in which when objectifying women was acceptable."

2. "I'm sorry I'm so shallow that I believe a person's -- oh, wait, no, mostly just a woman's -- worth is directly tied to her weight."

3. "I'm ashamed to admit that I have absolutely zero sensitivity for the fact that just 9 months ago, you were bringing a new life into this world, and that's probably why you gained some weight."

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4. "Also, I have to say I should shut up about the things I will NEVER have a clue about, like what it's like to be pregnant or have a 'post-baby body.'"

5. "I'm sorry I am apparently blind to the fact that you're a three-dimensional human being who is a successful and talented artist and businesswoman, mom and wife."

6. "I'm sorry I made assumptions about your diet and general health and well-being based on your appearance because those things aren't always reflective of one another."  

7. "I'm sorry that I not only minimized but mocked the very real, very painful act of fat-shaming."

8. "I'm humiliated that I perpetuated the horrible double standard in our culture that permits men to gain weight without the media blinking an eye, while a woman's body size is constantly analyzed."

9. "I apologize for contributing to a destructive culture in which a woman can't win if she gains (she's lazy and grotesque) or loses (she's physically and/or mentally ill) more than the media deems acceptable." 

10. "I'm sorry that I spoke more like an insecure playground bully instead of a grown-ass man."

11. "I'm sorry I relied on chauvinistic humor, hatefulness, and cruelty to entertain and get a laugh out of ... err, exactly no one."

What do you wish these two -- or anyone who resorts to fat-shaming as a form of "comedy" -- had apologized for?


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