Please spread the word!! BIG FAT KISS-IN, NYC! Tomorrow (Friday, October 29th) at 6pm in front of Hearst Tower – 300 W. 57th St. near 8th Ave., Manhattan, NY. Bring signs, your friends, lovers and family. Chaste kisses, cheek kisses, french kisses, any kisses! Come and show Marie Claire that it’s not OK to shame anyone out of their sexuality. Please RSVP on facebook to help get an accurate kiss-count! ;)
Event history below:
As you may have read here and here, women’s magazine Marie Claire recently ran a disgustingly fatphobic blog post recently in response to the television show “Mike and Molly.” The article featured objective and intelligently-stated gems like the following:
“So anyway, yes, I think I’d be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other … 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 heroine addict slumping in a chair.”
The article generated a flurry of response and Marie Claire received more than 28,000 letters and emails. While the author of the blog, Maura Kelly, offered up a somewhat reasonable apology, the Editor in Chief merely called Kelly a “provocative writer” in response. Weak sauce.
Two days ago as I posted a link to the article on Facebook, I suggested that someone should organize a Big Fat Kiss-In in front of the writer’s house. Marilyn Wann, being ever-ready for action, took the comment seriously and encouraged us to make it happen. I set up a Facebook note, inviting folks into a conversation about it and, thankfully, leadership in NYC sprung-up (Aris K. Manhattan and Substantia Jones leading the charge) and there is now an event happening TOMORROW!