By Grace Vasquez
I have always struggled with my weight and my mom was the person I relied on to help keep me in check. I remember asking her “Mom does this make me look fat?” and her answers were always brutally honest (the answer was usually yes!). Was she fat shamming me? Was I asking her to fat shame me? I don’t think so she helped keep me aware of my weight.
So Megyn Kelly is now getting slammed for her comment that while in college in the 1990’s, she asked her stepfather, Peter Kirwan, to fat-shame her whenever she wanted to eat. “Some of us want to be shamed!” Kelly 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 a–?’ And it works!” My dad used to say to me “You don’t have to diet. Just move away from the table.” Was that fat-shamming?
Okay, I can’t believe I’m defending Megyn Kelly but why are people offended by her comment if this was her experience? Plus I don’t know in what context she said it her comment of “some of us want to be shamed!, was she joking? Because it sounds like a joke to me and she made it in reference to herself. I know for me my mom was my go to person for complete brutal honesty. I used to even tell her while laughing, “Thanks mom, good thing I have a good self-esteem!” I adored my mother and miss her immensely and to this day, I miss her honesty, even if it was things I didn’t want hear but I knew she was correct.
Maybe that’s the problem today. We can’t handle honesty any longer. Well, I guess the old saying rings true, “The truth hurts.” Sigh. ~grace