Here are this week’s media highlights from Mediabistro’s Revolving Door Newsletter:
Posts Tagged ‘Marie Claire’
Last week, Maura Kelly struck a sour note Marie Claire readers when her story “Should ‘Fatties’ Get a Room? (Even on TV)” posted online. On November 22, she’ll be the guest instructor for Mediabistro’s “Personal Essay Workshop.” Awkward!!
Actually, in defending the piece, EIC Joanna Coles noted on the Fashionista blog that Kelly draws from personal experience in her writing: “Maura Kelly is a very provocative blogger. She was an anorexic herself and this is a subject she feels very strongly about.”
And both in the post and in her apology, Kelly notes her own body issues, making her qualified to deal with the items posted in the workshop description: How do you mine your life for timely, relevant stories that editors are looking for? How can you turn a deeply personal experience into an essay that resonates on a broader level?
Readers outraged by the recent Marie Claire article titled “Should ‘Fatties’ Get a Room? (Even on TV)?” are planning to protest in front of the magazine’s Manhattan offices today at 6p.m. The Big Fat Kiss-In plans to bring out people of “all shapes and sizes” who will kiss in all kinds of ways – platonic kisses, air kisses, Hershey’s Kisses, and more, according to the Facebook page – whether Marie Claire likes it or not.
Protesters are angry because of the article and because of the magazine’s refusal to apologize.
Marie Claire, which was recently embroiled in controversy over a story about health and food bloggers, has jumped into a vat of hot water over a story called “Should ‘Fatties’ Get a Room? (Even on TV?)” Somehow, an editor looked at this story and thought the headline needed quotes around the word “Fatties,” but saw nothing else wrong with it.
The story focuses on the program Mike & Molly, which is about a couple who meet through Overeaters Anonymous.
“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,” the story reads.
A recent Marie Claire article titled “The Hunger Diaries: How Health Writers Could Be Putting You At Risk” has stirred up major controversy over its stance that six popular health and fitness bloggers might be putting readers at risk by publishing unhealthy information. According to the story, the content these “big six” bloggers are producing creates an “arguably unhealthy obsession with food, exercise, and weight.”
“Doctors consulted by Marie Claire supported the women’s aim to be healthy, and said certain meals seemed more nourishing than others, but found aspects of the blogs alarming,” the story reads. The article goes on to quote a New Jersey developmental psychologist who said,”The sheer number of food images and intense exercise descriptions can be particularly triggering to eating-disorder-prone followers.”
As of today, the story has more than 100 comments many of them calling the article unfair and untrue. (Update after the jump.)