By Alex Alvarez
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?