"Mike & Molly" creator slams "fatties" blog post
By James Hibberd
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The creator of CBS' new hit comedy "Mike & Molly" has fired back at a Marie Clarie blog post that criticized his show for starring "gross" fat people.
The women's magazine is facing an online firestorm about a post titled "Should Fatties Get a Room (Even on TV)?" where freelancer Maura Kelly wrote she was disgusted watching an overweight couple on the show.
"Yes, I think I'd be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other," she wrote "... 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 heroin addict slumping in a chair."
Other viewers don't seem to mind. "Mike & Molly" is the second-highest-rated comedy in CBS' Monday lineup, after "Two and Half Men," and has been ticking upward in the ratings in recent weeks. Series creator Mark Roberts, who has struggled with weight issues himself, responded to the controversy.
WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION TO THIS POST?
Roberts: The woman apologized at the end of it. Clearly, she realized she said some pretty hateful things. My initial reaction is she's talking about (Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy) and I love them; I feel protective and angry about people being loose-lipped. I guess hateful is the only way to describe (the post).
SHE SAYS THE LEADS "APPEAR TO BE MORBIDLY OBESE." DO YOU AGREE WITH THAT DESCRIPTION?
Roberts: I don't know. I don't think of anybody by their body type, certainly not people that I work with and love and respect. I think of them as unbelievably talented people who captured these characters and brought them to life. I struggled with weight all my life, and I don't know how to address this without being angry with somebody else's stupidity about other human beings. Continued...