'Mike & Molly' creator slams 'Marie Claire' writer who was disgusted by 'fatties', unfriending her on Facebook
Mark Roberts, the creator of the new CBS comedy Mike & Molly, has slammed a Marie Clarie writer who said she was disgusted to watch an overweight couple on the show, adding that he is "unfriending" her on Facebook.
The series follows a police officer, played by Billy Gardell, who seeks to lose weight and an elementary school teacher, portrayed by by Melissa McCarthy of Gilmore Girls fame, who wants to embrace her curves.The two meet at an Overeaters Anonymous group and fall for one another while they deal with snide comments from friends and family.
Maura Kelly wrote in an article titled "Should Fatties Get a Room (Even on TV)?" that she would be "grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other."
"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 heroin addict slumping in a chair," she wrote.
Kelly later apologized for "the insensitive things" she said, adding: "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."
Roberts said he had struggled with weight throughout his own life and did not "think of anybody by their body type."
"I don't know how to address this without being angry with somebody else's stupidity about other human beings," Roberts told The Hollywood Reporter. "I would never tell anybody to express how they feel about something. If you don't like the show's writing or acting, OK. This was just about human beings. It's her face she has to look at in the mirror. I don't mean that to sound hateful."
"To stand in judgment of somebody - especially when you're breaking it down to just the aesthetic - it just makes me sad," Roberts said. "Wow that makes me sound much more upset than I really am. But I am unfriending that woman on Facebook."