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Topical!: Marie Claire Contributor Maura Kelly Has Some Pointers On Personal Essay Writing

Regular FishbowlNY readers are likely aware that we’ve been keeping an eye on the controversy revolving around a recent Marie Claire post — “Should ‘Fatties’ Get a Room? (Even on TV?)” — by Maura Kelly. Kelly wrote about some viewers’ reaction to the new CBS sitcom “Mike and Molly,” echoing their belief that “yes, I think 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.” Many felt Kelly’s comments were insensitive, and some even called for a boycott of Marie Claire until the magazine either fired Kelly or issued a formal apology. Kelly, for her part, added an update to her post, apologizing profusely to her readers.

Well, Kelly is presenting a mediabistro workshop on writing personal essays on November 22nd. The one-night workshop — a cozy affair limited to a total of twelve students — will teach how to create and pitch a personal essay for publication in a major magazine or newspaper.

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Wendy Williams Weighs In On The Recent Marie Claire Controversy

Wendy Williams, host of the aptly-named “The Wendy Williams Show” decided to weigh in on the hubbub (yes, hubbub) surrounding a recent article by Marie Claire contributor Maura Kelly, on her thought abouts the overweight stars of the new CBS sitcom “Mike and Molly.” Many readers felt Kelly’s comments were insensitive and “fatphobic,” and some even threatened to boycott the magazine until she was fired. Kelly, for her part, issued an apology for her comments, writing that “Believe it or not, I never wanted anyone to feel bullied or ashamed after reading this, and I sorely regret that it upset people so much. A lot of what I said was unnecessary. It wasn’t productive, either.”

On her show Williams, posed the following question to her audience, nothing that, while Kelly apologized, the magazine itself has yet to:

Why do you accept that? I don’t accept that.  We get upset about the N-word, we get upset about making fun of gay people, and paraplegics and people with Down Syndrome — but we can make fun of fat people and that’s okay?  It’s not okay.  Marie Claire, we’ll be waiting for your apology — how about that?

The question remains: Should a magazine, or any other media outlet for that matter, be expected to apologize when it presents content offensive or disagreeable to a portion of its readership?

Marie Claire‘s Joanna Coles Responds To Controversy Surrounding “Fatphobic” Post

Bitch magazine, which has been following the recent controversy surrounding a Marie Claire post by sex and relationship blogger Maura Kelly, linked to an article on featuring a response from the magazine’s editor in chief, Joanna Coles.

A little background: Kelly wrote a post titled “Should ‘Fatties’ Get a Room? (Even on TV?)” about “Mike & Molly,” a new CBS sitcom revolving around an overweight couple. Kelly recounts how her editor asked her to weigh in [Ed. note: Do I even need to add that no pun is intended here?] on backlash to the show — apparently, people are having issues with watching an overweight couple be affectionate and intimate on their TV screens. Kelly put in her own two cents thusly:

My initial response was: Hmm, being overweight is one thing — those people are downright obese! 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! Yes, anorexia is sick, but at least some slim models are simply naturally skinny. No one who is as fat as Mike and Molly can be healthy. And obesity is costing our country far more in terms of all the related health problems we are paying for, by way of our insurance, than any other health problem, even cancer.

So anyway, yes, I think 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 — just like I’d find it distressing if I saw a very drunk person stumbling across a bar or a heroine addict slumping in a chair.

The post inspired hundreds of comments, most of them not exactly agreeing with Kelly’s excuse that she isn’t fatphobic because she has “a few friends who could be called plump.” Coles was asked her thoughts on the issue at a fashion event, and she seemed supportive of Kelly’s decision to post such controversy-stirring thoughts: “Maura Kelly is a very provocative blogger, she said. “She was an anorexic herself and this is a subject she feels very strongly about.” Furthermore, added Coles, “I’m concerned about a show that makes fun of large people.”

Kelly, for her part, has since added an update to her article, posted after the jump.

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