Twitter users immediately called Kelly out for the cringe worthy statement and pointed out that she continues to put her foot in her mouth. "In fact, I loathe it".
Thursday on NBC's "Today" while interviewing "Fit Mom" blogger Maria Kang, host Megyn Kelly joked about being "fat-shamed". These days Maria has softened her message a bit, and we had another go at it yesterday. Instead of focusing on excuses women have to not exercise, she is focusing on reasons why they want to.
"You should parlay the shaming thing into a professional business". "Some of us want to be shamed". "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 a-?' And it works!"
Needless to say, Kelly's comments didn't, uh, "work" for everyone.
The words struck a nerve with some viewers like "The View" co-anchor Meghan McCain, who opened up about her own experience on Twitter. "Those comments can cut deep, trust me, I know". "We should be fostering a healthy culture that celebrates all women of all sizes". Wait for it ― fat shaming.
What do you think of Kelly's controversial remarks? "We were discussing body shaming others, something I absolutely do not support", she said.
"Please know, I would never encourage that toward any person", she concluded. "I think that she was trying to be amusing".
"What I know for sure is that weight is an issue for millions of people, thin and heavy alike. What's more, neither should be judged or disgraced for how they handle that battle".
Fitness trainer Bob Harper and psychologist Jennifer Hartstein joined Kelly on Friday, with Harper saying he approaches this "sensitive subject" with "a firm kindness" toward his clients, instead of what he called a "hard approach" of shaming and judgment.
"People who are not comics should not do it", she added. I spoke to my sister yesterday and she gave me permission to share that she was, at one point, over 300 pounds and ultimately chose to have gastric bypass surgery... Kelly also shared a memory of a neighbor calling her mother "fat". By the time I got to middle school, the hormones and the weight kicked in. "And so unhappy. I was scared of gaining weight because of the insane standard this country holds its women to and because I was and remain afraid of dying in my 40's, which happened to my father".