“I said something yesterday on the show that clearly struck a nerve, and I think it’s a conversation we need to have. We were discussing body shaming others, something I absolutely do not support. In fact, quite the opposite.” #MegynTODAY pic.twitter.com/aNhyZAIjd5
— Megyn Kelly TODAY (@MegynTODAY) January 12, 2018
“Today” host Megyn Kelly shared her show Thursday that she asked her family to fat shame her so she would lose weight.
During an interview with fitness coach and mother Maria Kang who has made an empire on social media for her health and exercise plans to get in shape after having children, Kelly interjected her belief that being fat shamed may actually be good for some.
“Some of us want to be shamed!” the 47-year-old television host 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!” Kelly continued.
Kang, the 37-year-old blogger also known as “Fit Mom,” has recently taken heat for body shaming other less fit mothers on social media by posting pictures of her fit physique alongside her children with a caption that reads, “What’s your excuse?” Kang appeared on the Today Show Thursday to discuss changing her now famous slogan to a less harassing one.
And on Friday Meghan McCain chimed in on “The View”, saying that she was fat-shamed years ago by current Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
I was publicly fat shammed early on in my career and it sent me to therapy. Trust me, there are real life ramifications for fat shaming of any kind, it is NEVER acceptable. We should be fostering a healthy culture that celebrates all women of all sizes. https://t.co/dFn3hGwot6
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) January 11, 2018
“The thing about this is the rhetoric is dangerous,” McCain said. “I’m a conservative political analyst. I’m still a very political person, no matter what she decided to do with her career.”
Yet while Kang was apologizing for calling out new mothers for not whipping their bodies back into shape fast enough, Kelly continued to discuss how fat shaming is in fact a good thing.
It worked for me and @TomSagora
Megyn Kelly says some women want to be fat shamed, sparking outrage https://t.co/2Bxwmi6L7W
— bert kreischer (@bertkreischer) January 12, 2018
“You should parlay the shaming thing into a professional business because some of us want to be shamed!” Kelly said to Kang.
Kang has decided to change her slogan to “What’s your reason?” Many who have suffered from being body shamed in the past have applauded this move.
However, her uplifting message was undermined by Kelly, who is now being criticized online for praising harassment.
“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,” said author Suzie Samin on Twitter in response to the comments.
Others even tried giving the host a lesson on bullying and the struggle that many young people deal with when it comes to body image.
“I was severely fat shamed (bullied-yes it’s bullying Megan (sic)!) through high school. Even physically assaulted. You need to thing (sic) of the wider ramifications of such statements,” attorney and author Brian Cuban wrote on Twitter.
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