"Hairspray" star Nikki Blonsky has added her weight to a new U.S. magazine controversy following a "hateful" rant by a Marie Claire online journalist about the fat stars of new TV hit "Mike & Molly". Blogger Maura Kelly has apologized for comments she made in a Marie Claire article, titled 'Fatties Get a Room', in which she blasted TV bosses for putting a show that celebrates an obese couple on the air.
In the article, Kelly claims she would be "grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other... " and adds she finds it "aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room."
Sharon Osbourne has already voiced her outrage, insisting Kelly is a "discredit to other women", and now plus-size star Blonsky is having her say. In an interview with news show "Access Hollywood Live" on Friday morning, October 29, the actress, who recently starred in a TV show about young women at a fat camp, fumes, "That (article) was completely out of line. I think by having that type of blog and that type of dialogue go on, I think their (Marie Claire) sales are going down. It was a very very bad marketing standpoint."
And Blonsky has no sympathy for the blogger, who revealed she's always had trouble with fat people as a former anorexic. The actress adds, "My grandmother always taught me that people make fun of you because they're insecure about themselves. Being that Maura Kelly has said that she battled with anorexia, you would think she would be a little sensitive to the subject."
"Clearly she has a lot of pent-up anger... and clearly she's just a follower and did what her boss told her to do... It comes down to morals and ethics and you have to follow your own heart, even in the industry that you're in and I think that she should have been woman enough to say, 'No', and not have written such a horrendously wrong article." She ended her TV chat by ripping up a printed copy of Kelly's article and apology, calling it "junk".