'Mike & Molly' Creator Jokes About Making an Episode Where Marie Claire Subscription Is Canceled
Creator Mark Roberts, who struggled with weight issues, makes light of incorporating this experience into the CBS series.
After a controversial Marie Claire column was written about Mike & Molly, its creator joked that he was going to incorporate the experience into a storyline on the CBS show.
Mark Roberts, who himself battled weight issues, told Fancast.com that Marie Claire blogger Maura Kelly's post "seemed like something someone would say when they're really drunk at a party with their other hateful friends."
Roberts joked that he wanted to use this experience as a storyline on the show, saying, "We have this great episode coming up where Molly cancels her subscription to Marie Claire."
In an interview with THR on Wednesday, Roberts said when asked about Kelly's assertion that actors Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy "appear to be morbidly obese," "I don't think of anybody by their body type, certainly not people that I work with and love and respect. I think of them as unbelievably talented people who captured these characters and brought them to life."
"I struggled with weight all my life, and I didn't know how to address this without being angry with someone else's stupidity about other human beings," he continued.
In Kelly's blog entry, she accused the show of promoting an unhealthy lifestyle. Roberts told THR, "I hate when people stand in judgment over anybody. We all have our own struggles. There's something wonderful about embracing everybody; it's what makes us human."
"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," Kelly had written on her blog A Year of Living Flirtatiously.
She then wrote: "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 [sic] addict slumping in a chair."
Marie Claire editor-in-chief Joanna Coles told Fashionista that the magazine has received more than 28,000 emails regarding Kelly's entry.