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Big surprise: Megyn Kelly, the former Fox News anchor known for asking black people if they’d ever called someone a “cracker,” and being unable to fathom Santa being anything but a white man, has said something stupid again.
While interviewing a fitness blogger on her show Megyn Kelly told viewers that some women want to be fat-shamed, adding that "it works!" pic.twitter.com/xqgFPfhgNO— Mary Ann Georgantopoulos (@marygeorgant) January 11, 2018
During a segment on her new MSBNC morning talk show, Megyn Kelly Today, Kelly invited fitness blogger Maria Kang to speak about how she keeps fit with three young kids and a full-time job. Kang has been accused of fat-shaming, after she posed for a 2013 photo posted on her Instagram along with her three children, aged three, two, and eight months. Above her toned body were the words: “What’s your excuse?” The photo received major backlash at the time for fat-shaming other mothers. She was actually on Kelly’s show to speak about how she’s now “taking a softer approach to fitness and wants to inspire other moms to work out,” BuzzFeed noted.
Can't wait to hug my followers at the #chicagofitexpo 😍 A while back a photo on my fitness page went viral. People have said that my campaign was created to "shame" people. If you believe that, then yes, it is a shame. It's a shame that you don't see how powerful you truly are. It's a shame you are allowing others to dictate how you feel about yourself and your ability to control your future. It's a shame that a single picture without your name on it can make you feel so personally attacked. It's a shame, it truly is, because you are much more than what you believe yourself to be right now. #noexcusemom #fitmom #mariakang #whatsyourexcuse #noexcuses #throwbackthursday
A post shared by Maria Kang (@mariakangfitness) on Sep 25, 2014 at 9:11am PDT
But Kelly was into the whole fat-shaming thing. She told Kang that she should seriously consider “parlay[ing] the shaming thing into a professional business."
“Some of us want to be shamed,” Kelly said. “When I was in law school, I was gaining weight, I said to my stepfather, 'If you see me going into that kitchen one more time, you say, 'Where you going, fat ass?’ And it works!”
Many people immediately jumped on Kelly for her comments. While it’s true that everyone has different tactics for staying fit, it’s also true that being healthy is a different journey for everyone, and shaming others into not eating specific things or losing weight is an unhealthy act by itself. That Kelly herself would ask to be shamed into being skinnier—and by a family member, of all people—illustrates the cruel ways society controls women through their body shape, only validating those who can manage to conform to an exceptional standard. But the fact that Kelly would admit it on national television to millions of viewers who could take what she's saying as advice? All I can say is look out for the inevitable apology soon enough. And, hey, at least she’s not dancing anymore.
Megyn curbs food cravings by always keeping a foot in her mouth.— PedanticSemanticist (@antifah_Q) January 11, 2018
Whaaat?! Are you serious?! pic.twitter.com/vJ2qozpvWk—🗽Christine💋 (@MindFeast622) January 11, 2018
Does she think stupidity-shaming will help her get smarter?— Suzanne C-J (@barefootswan) January 11, 2018
This should belong to the league of the worst takes along with "Bullying helps people overcome their weaknesses". Hope you are proud of your hire @MSNBC— Soy Boy 🍑🍑 (@vivek17b) January 11, 2018
We should all have self-determination when it comes to the size and shape of our bodies BUT Megyn Kelly asking to be fat-shamed shows how twisted society makes us about desiring thinness.— Alex Berg (@AlexfromPhilly) January 11, 2018
All bodies are good bodies.
ALL bodies are GOOD bodies. https://t.co/MXLVmyEl94
.@megynkelly My dad fat-shamed me for most of my childhood. Guess what? I'm still fat. I have a slew of emotional disorders. And we've never been able to repair our relationship. In short: Shame on you for trying to tell anyone this is a good way to parent. It's poison. https://t.co/NA5A5BvKym— Suzie Samin (@suzannesamin) January 11, 2018