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This Insanely Fit Mother of Three Wants to Know What Your Excuse Is For Being a Slovenly, Obese Couch Blob

By Dustin Rowles | Pajiba Love | October 17, 2013 | Comments ()


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This, um, “dress” that Olivia Munn is wearing “feels like something a Real Housewife would wear to the Grammys, along with about two kegs’ worth of bronzer and nine pounds of hair.” That sums it up nicely. Yeesh. (GFY)

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Idris Elba — who played a drug dealer on The Wire — has tried ALL the drugs, but it was totally for research, y’all. And a heightened sense of awareness. And partying. And BECAUSE OF REASONS, OK? (Dlisted)

Who is the best at recreating the fear we felt as children? Besides Ronald McDonald, who lured us into obesity with his giant rape van full of delicious french fries? (Unreality)

Fellas, if you really love your lady, buy her this bedazzled NFL High-Heeled Shoe Wine Rack, because nothing says classy like pulling a bottle of wine out of a heel. Unfortunately, there are no heels to accommodate boxed wine, the official spirit of the NFL. (HappyNiceTimePeople)

Zack Snyder has not yet asked Hans Zimmer to score the Batman vs. Superman movie, which is A-OK with Hans Zimmer because he’s not so sure that Batman vs. Superman is a movie that should even be made. (Slashfilm)

A Bangladeshi reporter with absolutely no boundaries awkwardly asks Michael C. Hall about his divorce from Jennifer Carpenter, and the result is … squirmworthy. (Uproxx)

Remember how George W. Bush made George H.W. Bush seem like a very reasonable President by comparison, and then how the Tea Party made George W. Bush seem reasonable by comparison? Miley Cyrus sometimes makes me miss Paris Hilton for the same reasons. Here’s Hilton, who is trying to grab a slice of relevancy by posing for Terry Richardson. (Celebitchy)

Anne T Donahue, one of our most favorite online writers, has written about how Homeland is stereotyping mental disorders. (Guardian)

For all that Sleepy Hollow gets right so far, it still has a serious Big Bad problem, which is strange for a show that features a headless man on a horse. (Previously TV)

Earlier this morning, we brought you news of the raving stenographer who railed against the Freemasons in the House of Representatives after the government re-opened. Fox news thinks she’s being religiously persecuted. OF COURSE YOU DO. *head pat* (Gawker)

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Best book title ever. (Curious Brain)

32-year-old mother of three, Maria Kang, has attracted considerable controversy recently for a photo she posted on Facebook over a year ago, which many are suggesting is judgmental and fat shaming. I just want to know what Kang’s excuse is for not being completely up to speed on the entire fall TV schedule? Huh? How many episodes of Trophy Wife are stacked up on your DVR, lady? Because I keep my DVR trim. (NYDailyNews)

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  • GDI

    Amazing what a fury 3 words can stir up.

    I don't want to assume, but are people overreacting to the picture, rather than read Maria Kang's (alleged) story?
    I know that the picture being a year old probably doesn't have an bearing, aside that she may or may not be attention seeking (since it became recently viral).

    Personal anecdote time. I have several friends that are varying in size. On one side, there's 2 twin brothers who are closing on obese, who abhor working out. On the other side, there's an ETS-ing (ending enlistment contract) 68W (Army combat medic), who developed a minor thyroid dysfunction. He is working his damnedest to lose weight, but it's incredibly difficult. The twins (I love'em, but damn it) don't put any effort into a healthier lifestyle. They don't have any medical issues, and they are relatively well-off monetarily and with a decent amount of time. They just don't have discipline.

    My point is that those who have the capability to change their conditions and don't, probably shouldn't be blaming external factors for their issues.
    My friends (twins) don't blame others or genetics. They are self-aware to realize that.

    So what's Pabija's excuse?

  • DenG

    She looks very fit and toned. I'm 61 years of age and don't look like that, but I am not fat. I don't know anyone personally who looks so fit and toned, but then I don't hang around many people with a lot of exposed skin. I have no excuse, lady, because I don't have kids (hallelu..) Please don't yell at me.

  • Jordan

    Ah, Pajiba...have you guys been co-opted???...just wondering. Anyway, everyone's body is their own. I have been keeping in shape for over 20 years, through two pregnancies and have NEVER felt the need to ask anyone "what's your excuse"????. It's obnoxious. Kang put this photo on her Facebook page to promote herself and get hits on her page. Pajiba is running this story for the same fucking reason...to get hits on their site (and look how many they have gotten!). The subject of weight, how someone looks will always get attention...because it's gossipy bullshit. Pajiba has zero integrity, you shits have sold out.

    When Jennifer Lawrence talked about how she would not CONFORM to Hollywood standards of weight control, fat shaming, starving herself, etc., and that she would respond with "go fuck yourself" Pajiba's response was strange: The write-up began with "The always ladylike Jennifer Lawrence" and then you proceeded to get even bitchier about her stand against this kind of bullshit. Rather than support her message, you agree with the body fascists (probably because you're afraid to support her and anyone else that dares speak up though, interestingly)...so, I'm not surprised that you put this photo up of Kang and support this particular body-fascist as well.

    If Kang would like to inspire people to get in shape, it usually is not a good idea to begin by insulting them. As far as Pajiba is concerned, all I can say is that it's terribly sad how far you have sunk into tabloid bullshit. Pajiba has become FOX NEWS.

  • Tarn

    Could you point out to me where Pajiba is 'supporting' Kang, please? Because I've read the entry in the article three times now, and I don't see how it qualifies as support.

  • appletini

    Best article I've read on this complicated subject: http://www.themonthly.com.au/i...

    I think the term 'fat shaming' is being used in a reactionary manner to shut down debate about one of the biggest health plagues in the western world. A lot of what is being said here about this woman is far more insulting, shaming and offensive than her "What's your excuse?". Yes, bodies come in different shapes and sizes but our current range of shapes and sizes is too skewed into the unhealthily fat distribution.

  • blacksred

    My excuse is this: The American agribusiness of food. Why can for $5 I get a large fries, a gallon of soda and a double bacon cheeseburger, but it will cost me $11 to get a small salad and bottled water?

  • googergieger

    A year ago?

  • hoppergrass

    From a marketing standpoint, it's interesting how little controversy there would be over this image had she simply changed the tagline from "What's your excuse?" to "What's your motivation?" The former puts the viewer on the defensive; the other actually begins a positive conversation - "I do it for my kids; why do you do it? What in your life is significant enough to be healthy for?"

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    Oh good. "Fat shaming". People are working really hard to get that into the Oxford dictionary.

  • Ben

    *Reads all the bitching about fat vs thin*

    ...man Sleepy Hollow is a rad show.

  • e jerry powell

    Kang didn't eat at all during her third pregnancy, did she?

    Besides, lady, this hummus ain't gonna eat itself.

  • BlackRabbit

    Hell, if I had to fight the Avengers I'd get in shape too!

  • On my laptop at home is this quote. The first bit is vital: IF it is
    important to YOU. To me, this is a positive motivator. It's my goal.
    It's important to me. And if I'm not invested in it, then maybe I should rethink it as a goal. This could be applied to getting published,
    finishing a degree, climbing a mountain, cleaning your house on a
    regular basis, quitting smoking, etc. as well as to making time in my schedule for regular workouts.

    Someone else doing these things
    and then posting pictures saying "why aren't you as awesome as I am at
    this?" is not ever going to inspire me. Maybe it gets other people going, but I see that more as bragging than attempting to inspire.

  • latvianluck

    I saw this Kang thing on GMA this morning while wrangling my two kids through their morning get-ready-for-school shenanigans. I saw that picture, shrugged my shoulders, said to myself "huh, she looks pretty good" and went about yelling at a kid to clean up the cereal he spilled because I'm not his damn maid.

    My friends are people we keep in contact with...actual face-to-face, voice, and/or email/text contact. I don't care how often your "status" changes during the course of a day. The kids see their friends EVERY FRICKIN' DAY AT SCHOOL. Why do they need to know what is going on with those same friends every minute of the day that they aren't with them? They'll hear all about it the next day!

    We don't do the Facebook or other social media stuff in my house because my husband and I get to set the rules and we think that shit is a great way to ruin your life if you pay too much attention to it. So don't even get started with it (at least while you live in my house dammit!).

    And you kids get off my lawn!

  • Bodhi

    Whats my excuse? Well, I could list them all (some are valid, some are only sorta valid) but why should I? What the fuck is it to her? Shit like this & all the other "fitspo" crap on FB & Pinterest don't motivate me, it just makes me roll my eyes. Yeah she looks great, good for her. I'd love to have her body, but it will never happen, mostly because I am not built the way she is.

    Am I jealous? Hell yes. Do I feel shamed? Yeah, I'm not gonna lie, I do, a little. But this picture is the kind of thing an asshole does & I try not to pay much attention to assholes. Besides, if I showed my husband this picture & told him I wanted to look like her, he'd gently lead me to the couch, check me over for head injuries, & hand me a double bourbon. He is smarter than I am & ignores this shit completely

  • Sars

    Im fairly active, and I am also fairly fit. Thanks to good genetics + life of exercise I look more fit than I actually am. However, this kind of shit BOTHERS the fuck out of me. Who is SHE to be asking people for excuses? to ask for an excuse, denotes that she is entiteld to one. Which she is certainly not. She was probably just bating the internet to make her the next tiger mom. let's not fall for this shit.

  • mairimba

    One of my best friends has two kids and looked like Maria Kang a year after she had her second kid. It helps that most people in her family work out and she's been pretty athletic since we were kids.

    I tried this past year to get in shape. My goal was that I was going on vacation. I lost a lot of weight, but right after my vacation I completely stopped working out. Don't know why. It only takes an hour and a half of my day. Just got really lazy I guess.

  • foolsage

    Sounds like you were overtraining. 90 minutes daily is far too long for most people to sustain, and it's also more than you need to be fit. You can have great results from working out for 30-45 minutes.

    Overtraining is the #1 cause why people who are otherwise motivated stop working out. You push your body too hard, and you're sore and tired all the time, you feel grumpy, and your muscles aren't developing very quickly because they're not given enough time to rest… so you quit.

  • mairimba

    Wasn't really overtraining. I spend a good amount of that time warming up/stretching before the workout and then stretching/cooling down after. Since I never really exercised before in my life I need to do extra of these in order to not feel sore and tired afterwards.

    I think one of the reasons I quit was that I kind of extended my vacation long after it was over.

  • minxy

    My excuse is that I never looked like that, even at most fit when I dedicated almost all of my intellectual and physical energy to losing weight. That being said, I have nothing against that lady. She's a fitness guru and that's how she makes her living. It just annoys me that all women are supposed to take her "challenge" personally, because all women are expected to look the same.

  • dizzylucy

    "Fox news thinks"...I'm going to stop you right there.

    As for Kang, if she's worked hard and gotten into great shape, good for her, but I think there are better ways of being proud and motivating without sounding condescending about it.

  • melissa82

    I disagree with the Paris > Miley part. Paris has no discernible talent that I can see and I blame her for getting the Kardasians started. And even if she's not everyone's cup of tea, I like Miley's voice: (don't worry this is the director's cut, no icky licking of hammers or weird naked swinging) http://www.vevo.com/watch/mile...

  • Guest

    I disagree with the Paris > Miley part. Paris has no discernible talent that I can see and I blame her for getting the Kardasians started. And even if she's not everyone's cup of tea, I like Miley's voice: (don't worry this is the director's cut, no licking hammers or naked swinging) <object width="575" height="324"><param name="movie" value="http://videoplayer.vevo.com/em..."></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><param name="bgcolor" value="#000000"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://videoplayer.vevo.com/em... &amp;playerType=embedded&amp;env=0&amp;cultureName=en-US&amp;cultureIsRTL=False" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="575" height="324" bgcolor="#000000" wmode="transparent"></embed></object>

  • melissa82

    I tried to embed the video...and that didn't work so I tried to delete this. Also didn't work, just switched it to "Guest." Maybe this is the universe's way of telling me I shouldn't comment on things involving Paris Hilton and/or Miley Cyrus because I'm 31. Point taken Universe.

  • Tinkerville

    Also, I know we're all here to pile on the fitness thing, but I need to give a standing ovation to that Homeland article. That's the exact reason I had to quit that show and it's contributing to the millions of reasons why so many people feel they can't talk to anyone about their mental illnesses. It uses Carrie's disorder as a way to move the plot and generate problems (she's so crazy! Look at all the shit that's happened because she's crazy!) instead of as something that's a part of her and doesn't remove the fact that she's still a human being outside of it.

  • TK

    I can't speak for my wife, but my excuse is that we work hard-ass full-time jobs and are on opposite shifts and so the majority of our not-at-work time is with the baby alone. And when we're not with the baby alone, it's the rare opportunity for the three of us to be together and so we'd rather do fun family things than have one of us watch the boy while the other hits the treadmill.

    And yeah, on the days where I'm up at 5:30 to care for him, get myself ready, drop him at daycare, get myself to work, bust my ass all day, get home, do the baby handoff with Mrs. TK so she can go to work, then feed him, bathe him, put him to bed - I suppose after all of that, I could work out. But I don't fucking want to. I'd rather eat pizza (sometimes it's a salad) and catch up on Arrow reruns before I collapse into bed.

    I'm sorry I lack the motivation and wherewithall to be in super duper shape, but instead just reasonably healthy and slightly overweight. It must just be because I'm fucking lazy.

  • L.O.V.E.

    My irritation with people criticizing her is that it seems like every statement, opinion or comment has to come with a "results may vary" or overly-prefaced, overly-couched terms. I don't see that picture and think she is asking "why aren't you as good looking or as fit as me"? But rather, why aren't you the best version of you that you can be, whatever that may be.

    The same thing would apply if she was in a gown and mortarboard with a diploma in her hand.

    I think some people mistake a challenge for self-improvement with an accusation that you are not good enough or are inferior.

    It isn't like this woman went up to someone personally and said, "You're fat and lazy. Why are you so fat and lazy? You have no excuse for being fat." A reasonable person should be expected to see that picture and be self-aware to know if they have an excuse and therefore the picture is inapplicable to their circumstance, or give it a level of consideration on a scale from "whatev" to "yah, she has a point".

    You don't answer to her. You answer to yourself and your loved-ones. So, if you think you have good REASONS for not being fit, or not completing that college degree, or whatever goal that has obstacles then why be offended by these types of things?

    In the end, there are excuses, and there are reasons. There is being satisfied, there is being unsatisfied but not having the power to change, and there is improvement. Can we not figure out which is which anymore?

  • JustOP

    This is a difficult topic to approach. I'm not sure what your final sentence is trying to communicate? Are you being sincere or sarcastic? If the latter, you did (just before stating that) comment that you'd rather eat pizza than work out, which could easily be construed as laziness.

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    I want to upvote you because I think there's a great point here. Laziness, or "sloth" has multiple interpretations, especially looking from an economics perspective.

    Eating pizza has a great short term reward (I love pizza), but long-term negative consequences from eating pizza to the exclusion of all else.

    Does that mean the person is lazy? I'd argue no - they are just taking short term reward over long term.

    On the more spiritual level, I found Wikipedia's definition of the opposite of sloth quite interesting. according to the Koran, the opposite of sloth is "the struggle against the self, against one’s own ego."

    And I think that's where you see this battle around lazy forming, and why many of us feel guilty because we don't exercise and instead take the short term gratification. We know that we are 'giving in' on the struggle against the self.

    So while fat shaming can be a bad thing, the origin of it comes from our own feelings that we could do more, but instead are giving in to our short term desires.

  • Becks

    You think that wanting to use the scant free moments you have in a day to do something you enjoy rather than exercise is lazy? It's a trade-off and a personal decision, sure, but I don't think most people would look at the day-to-day itinerary TK just described and call him lazy. He clearly seems to be keeping himself busy.

  • Alli Boyd

    When my son was small I was about 70 lbs higher than I am now. I have been up and down in weight a few times but have maintained the 70 lb loss for 3 years.

    I work out and more importantly I get activity outside and when I can I take my son along. He is now 12 and I have an excellent support system as well as shared custody so I have the luxury of enough me time to be able to exercise. I try to make good food choices but still enjoy my treats because life is too short not too.

    I will never look like the lady above due to having a 10lb+ baby and the pouch that comes from that. I am learning every day how to accept myself for who I am and if someone wants to shame people for what she perceives as using children as an excuse, I will just move forward and keep moving in a positive direction.

  • Tinkerville

    I have terrible posture that causes a lot of back problems. It's my own fault for not trying harder to correct this. Sometimes it takes my doctor berating me and feeling like I'm turning into a werewolf a la that scene in Underworld to get why I need to buck up.

    But I wouldn't appreciate someone pulling this kind of tactic on me using someone with Queen of England posture asking why what my excuse for slouching is. I think the problem here is the delivery and the smugness with which the message is conveyed.

    I'm on Dayquil and need a nap so by all means ignore me. I'm still not sure what my point is.

  • Bea Pants

    I can't hate on this woman too much. I *AM* one of those people who would be in much better shape if I didn't consider 1 workout an excuse to slack for the next week. I think it was well intended but poorly executed.

    Now the dude that passed my friend on the street the other day and with no provocations said "Hey, fat girl"...that dude deserves a brick to the face.

  • MauraFoley

    A "hey, fat girl" with no provocation? Usually I only get called fat when I don't immediately suck the dick of the man flirting with me. Now I gotta expect it just walking down the street? What is the world coming to!?

  • emmalita

    I carry extra flavored condoms with me to avoid those socially awkward situations.

  • L.O.V.E.

    I knew I recognized you from somewhere!

  • emmalita

    And I recognized you too.

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  • Guest

    Man-killer! Why I protest such slander! I am just trying to be a good Southern lady!

  • JJ

    "Miley Cyrus sometimes makes me miss Paris Hilton for the same reasons. Here’s Hilton, who is trying to grab a slice of relevancy by posing for Terry Richardson."

    I figured that you were trolling for reactions with the Maria Kang story but this? Why on Zod's green fucking Earth would we give any possible shits about this combination of trash?

  • simplysarah

    I am so tired of hearing "shaming" added behind everything. It's like no one can be proud of themselves without shaming someone else. It's not like this woman said "hey fat ass, what's your excuse?"

    If you feel shamed because of what this woman said, then that is on you and no one else.

  • thatsmrsnyder

    Well the "fat ass" part was (rightfully) inferred. Otherwise there would be no point to the "what's your excuse?" part.

  • thatsmrsnyder

    In other news, Maria King has been flooded with many kindly, thought provoking, and articulate ways she can go fuck herself.

  • Becks

    Regarding the very fit woman, I'm in pretty good shape too. I don't find her photo objectionable because I feel judged by it, I find it objectionable because it makes her seem like a cocky asshole.

    I'm able to feel good about my own appearance/hard work without feeling the need to mock others. Perhaps she should try that. Only jerks feel the need to kick others when they're down and to flaunt their own success.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Yes, exactly.

  • Quatermain

    Nobody should need six reasons to watch 'Robocop.' You should only ever need one: 'Because it's awesome.'

  • ZombieMrsSmith

    I have no problem with Maria Kang being proud and out about her extreme fitness. What I do have a problem with is her challenge that there is no valid excuse for not looking just like her. If her picture was headlined "Look What I Did!" I'd be totally cool with it.

    The best way I can express my feelings is with a piece I wrote in response to a Personal Trainer who publicly asked "Am I a Fat Hater?" I think my response to Maria Kang would be the same.

    https://medium.com/better-huma...

  • If I were rich I'd hire Hans Zimmer to score my life. That guy is magic. He's about 25% of the reason I love the Dark Knight trilogy.

  • chanohack

    I read somewhere that Maria Kang used to be bulimic. As someone who probably used to look at pictures like this and feel herself inadequate to the point of doing damage to her body, I would sort of expect her to be more encouraging and less accusatory. She KNOWS the power that images have on some people and the real damage they can do. Why wouldn't she have a more supportive message, like "If I can do it, you can do it"?

  • MauraFoley

    Normally I'd say her previous mental illness has nothing to do with it, but you really have a point there.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Let's see how Ms. King does when her kids are older, in four different sports six nights a week, she works full time, comes home to cook dinner before getting the kids to said sports, picking them up then maybe have a minute to say hello to her spouse once in a while.

    Also, have you eaten my food? You want me to give that up? Please.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I'm one of eight children. You know which sibling is the most fit - like seriously fit? The 44 year old who's a mother of six (currently ages 8-19)

    I don't know how she does it with crazy Southern breakfasts she makes on weekends. (it takes her 45 minutes just to fry up the bacon for everyone)

  • Salieri2

    Has she tried baking it? You can do a pound in the oven in about 20 minutes, flip it once, maybe, no stress.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I TOLD her...(that's how I do it, because I am apparently terrible about burning bacon, and also the grease gets everywhere when I do it, grease screen notwithstanding.)

    I even told her you could put brown sugar on it that way. She burns out an electric skillet every other year, no joke.

  • My excuse? I DON'T FUCKING FEEL LIKE IT. LAY OFF! *dips another Ritz cracker into Nutella*

  • stonecross

    So just to know: the whole Pajiba staff is overweight?

  • Becks

    I've only seen photos of Courtney, Joanna, Genny and Dustin and none of them appear to be overweight.

    I think Courtney was just being funny.

  • Welp, I am trying this after work. THANKS FOR RUINING MY ALREADY TERRIBLE FIGURE.

  • Kristen Mc

    Ritz crackers and Nutella were meant to be together! Add a little peanut butter, and take that shit to the next level.

  • L.O.V.E.

    The hate on this woman is stupid. {Edit per Bert: She has a fitness blog, a work-out video coming out, she was a trainer for 15 years, and she runs some type of fitness non-profit according to her blog ...] That's what trainers do, they motivate people who need a little push and they try to eliminate the excuses they hear everyday. This ad won't work on a lot of people, but there are a group of people who need that little push and this type of ad does help.

    People can have all kinds of excuses for not exercising, and many of them are valid. But getting pregnant or having children in and of itself are not valid reasons for not exercising. In fact, being pregnant or having kids makes it even more important to live a healthy lifestyle.

    There are certainly exceptions, but should she (or I) have put an asterik on her ad with small print that reads, "Doesn't apply if you have [the following 823 medical conditions]. Let me do it for you. If you have a real excuse this comment does not apply to you.

    And if you don't give a shit about exercising or don't care about your weight, bully for you. I'm not judging you. But no need to be pissy with her.

  • bonnie

    Actually, as a not-fat but not supermodel-thin woman, I find her stance rather offensive. I get bombarded with questions as to why I'm not model-thin, when I am generally quite happy with the average-sized body that I have. I try to eat right (and do need to exercise more, I admit) and I don't drink, but I find it hurtful to be told, "Why aren't you as hot as ____ (Heidi Klum, Jennifer Aniston, et al)?" We should be promoting good health, not just hot skinniness.

  • stella

    People actually say that to you? What a bunch of assholes.

  • bonnie

    I should clarify: those questions are more metaphorical or implied than literal. Seeing popular fitness magazines and media that values personal appearance over balance, happiness, and general good health is incredibly discouraging. I *did* have colleagues in high school that taunted me for being small-breasted, and I was so ashamed of my skinny and knobby body that I hated being in a locker room or wearing my bathing suit. Ironically, after putting on 25-30 pounds in the ten years after high school, I feel less sickly, more healthy, and more curvy than I did. Sorry if I was misleading! I just get sick of all the social media voices intruding on my life, and I forgot that they don't actually address me personally.

  • JustOP

    I don't see where she promotoes 'hot skinniness' over good health. Also, your comment reminds me of a Steven Fry quote.

  • bonnie

    "I don't see where she promotes [sic] 'hot skinniness' over good health." Check out the bikini she's wearing, with her abdomen in full view. She didn't need to wear that *exact* outfit, did she? That's what makes me suspect that part of this picture was to show off her body. I'm fine with that. I'm not fine with her implying that because I don't look exactly like her I *must* be fat and lazy.

  • Anon

    You win the dumbest comment award, permanently.

  • JustOP

    Given that her business revolves around fitness, displaying her body is a visual identifier of how fit she is. Again, I don't see how she implies that if you don't look like her, you are 'fat and lazy'. What I inferred from it is, 'what is your excuse for not being physically fit'.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Interesting edit. In light of that information, I'd consider her statement "I do not work as a personal trainer" pretty misrepresentative.

  • TCH

    Honestly this just seems like a decline in Pajiba, It feels like things have gone from progressive advocacy, to disliking people and things because they represent or do things I do not like. I know this seems tangential.

  • JustOP

    I'm with you. I have noticed a decline in article quality/content/topic this past year. I understand the need to stay current and fresh, but I can't help but feel that Pajiba is beginning to pander to popular public sentiments on other popular websites (*cough* tumblr *cough*) in order to generate... hits? Pageviews?

  • TCH

    It seems like this is a trend that is happening in other online journalism sites. Slate now runs a great deal of clickbait albeit with a social justice bent. I hope it doesn't signal the demise of Pajiba (I was hoping it would go into the direction of the AVclub).

  • JustOP

    I totally agree. A day doesn't go by in which Pajiba publishes some article with a SJW bent.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Except she claims she's not a personal trainer.

  • Premie

    I wonder what the response would have been to a pic of woman (or man) in killer shape and one leg with the same header.

  • Premie

    Fat shaming is a thing??
    Not sure we can just jam anything in the front of "shaming" just because slut-shaming is a problem. Its not "watergate".

  • foolsage

    Yes, fat shaming is a thing. And yes, it has a real and profoundly negative impact on people. Look into it.

    You're right that the media abuses and misuses the "Watergate" references, but that doesn't mean that nobody can ever create a new phrase out of two words again. Also, I don't think anyone took "slut shaming" and replaced "slut" as per your Watergate analogy; instead, I think they merely took the word "shaming" and prefixed it with an appropriate word. Although slut shaming is quite common, the phrase "slut shaming" actually is not terribly common, so it's not comparable to "Watergate" in this regard.

  • JJ

    That sounds like watergate-shaming to me.

  • Bert_McGurt

    And worse yet, did you see her "apology"? (via CBC)
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    "I've been getting an influx of new followers, emails and comments (on my profile pic) recently. Some saying I'm a bully, I'm fat-shaming and I need to apologize for the hurt I've caused women. I get it. SO here's my First and Final Apology:

    "I'm sorry you took an image and resonated with it in such a negative way. I won't go into details that I struggled with my genetics, had an eating disorder, work full time owning two business, have no nanny, am not naturally skinny and do not work as a personal trainer. I won't even mention how I didn't give into cravings for ice cream, french fries or chocolate while pregnant or use my growing belly as an excuse to be inactive.

    "What I WILL say is this. What you interpret is not MY fault. It's Yours. The first step in owning your life, your body and your destiny is to OWN the thoughts that come out of your own head. I didn't create them. You created them. So if you want to continue 'hating' this image, get used to hating many other things for the rest of your life. You can either blame, complain or obtain a new level of thought by challenging the negative words that come out of your own brain.

    "With that said, obesity and those who struggle with health-related diseases is literally a 'bigger' issue than this photo. Maybe it's time we stop tip-toeing around people's feelings and get to the point. So What's Your Excuse?"
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Gotta love the inherent contradiction of "...what you interpret is not MY fault. It's Yours." and "The first step in owning your life...is to OWN the thoughts that come out of your own head."

    So take your own advice and f*cking OWN them then. YOU have a responsibility for how people interpret the words you write. People don't need an "excuse" to not have a six-pack, lady. And they sure as sh*t don't need your goddamn judgey Facebook evangelism.

    And I say this as someone who's in good shape. But I stay slim because it's easy FOR ME. I can eat what i want, exercise a bit, and sh*t tends to work out (no pun intended). But a whole lot of folks don't have that luxury, including my youngest brother. Me and the middle one got the genes from Mom's family, and the youngest got the genes from Dad's.

    Considering that for a lot of people, their feelings are what drive their food issues, maybe you should consider that when you start your criticisms, hmmm? I would expect someone who truly struggled with an eating disorder to understand the relationship between feelings and food.

    And while you're at it, a real apology doesn't include the words "It's your fault."

  • thatsmrsnyder

    I love the bit about her genetics. Yes, clearly her genetics are working against her.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Actually, I like her apology, because she is right (as are some other commenters) - how upset you get about this picture kind of revolves around how much you feel judged by it and how you feel were judged.

    But your suggestion that feelings drive food consumption (an assumption) and that one should consider the feelings of others is part of the tiptoeing around it. I don't know this woman, I don't care about her, and I don't care about what she thinks. And I say that as a fairly healthy, exactly average-sized woman carrying that average little bit of extra weight.

  • Bert_McGurt

    See, I'm not even that upset about the picture. The caption could have been better, but it's not that terrible on its own. Her apology though, smacks of hypocrisy and judgement.

    As L.O.V.E. mentions below, despite her claim that she doesn't work as a trainer she's apparently got a fitness blog, has a work-out video coming out, was a trainer for 15 years, and runs a fitness non-profit. It's LITERALLY her job to be in fantastic shape. She's definitely misrepresenting herself and being a jerk about it to boot.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    ah, I didn't bother to research her, so yes, if she's a trainer it's a bit disingenuous.

  • Salieri2

    "
    About
    I'm a dreamer, a wife, a business owner and a mother who gave birth to sons in 2009, 2010 and 2011. I believe you will get what you put into this life. Welcome to our journey. www.mariakang.com
    Description
    Busy working mom of 3 little boys. I created my personal website,www.mariakang.com in 2005 and have grown a humble following through my personal writings and articles. When I first began writing, I was a single woman living in San Francisco recovering from an eating disorder after a string of fitness and beauty competitions. Today I am a mother of three boys born in 2009, 2010 and 2011. I have a husband and a thriving care home and nonprofit business. I am passionate about my faith, my family and my fitness. This is a link to my most FAC's (frequently asked comments):http://www.mariakang.com/2012/...

    I post most of my food on Instagram: #mariakangfitness
    Personal journals: www.mariakang.com

    Business & Press Inquiries: DannyCasler@gmail.com

    DISCLAIMER: I am not a personal trainer or nutritionist. Please seek a physician before starting any fitness program."

  • Sara_Tonin00

    what is a "non-profit business" I wonder? Is going out to bars at night my non-profit business?

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    My excuse: I don't fucking feel like it.
    Now, where are the chips?

  • bastich

    What if Kang's picture wasn't about fat-shaming? Maybe she was trying to shame the childless among us? Maybe she was all like, "look at all the crotchfruit I've spawned! Aren't I fruitful and multiplying!? BOW BEFORE MY FECUNDITY!!!"

    (Besides, she's a bit hypocritical about fitness. I mean, look at those kids...buncha little porkers right there....)

  • It easily COULD be, which is pretty hilarious.

    WHAT IS YOUR EXCUSE FOR ANYTHING, PEOPLE? COME ON!

  • AvaLehra

    Ah....HAHAHAHAHA!

    Seriously, I snorted with crotchfruit and then cackled with little porkers.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    She needs them to be a little hefty. What else is she going to dead lift to work her hamstrings?

  • Al Borland's Beard

    That middle one is a little doughy. Sure, he's only eight months old, but would it kill him to do some crunches?

  • chanohack

    Right? What's HIS excuse?

  • fashionoutlier

    Re: Maria Kang--I would love to see what she looked like before her pregnancies and during them, in order to determine if she had a lot of genetic help or really did work hard to get into shape. Also, I'd like to know what she does for a living--if she's a fitness instructor of any kind then it's much easier to stay fit when you are essentially paid to be fit. Money is also a factor. Either way I think it's supposed to be a kind of perverse motivational tactic, like you hate her in order to motivate yourself to BE her. Like a Cady Heron/Regina George complex if you will.

  • Salieri2

    www.mariakang.com will show you buckets and buckets of photos of her, if that's what you're after. For what it's worth, the pic is an ad and her head tag is "No Excuse Mom And Social Entrepreneur."

  • kushiro -

    According to the story: "sometime model and TV fitness expert who also owns a residential care home for the elderly".

  • AudioSuede

    Also, folks, how about we stop calling women "bitch" for a while? I expect this from some comment threads, but this is Pajiba. We're better than that.

  • bastich

    Even when we're quoting "Robocop"? Aw, man....

  • L.O.V.E.

    Or Happy Endings?!?

  • lowercase_ryan

    Bitch it is 5:30 is one of my favorite lines of all time. That will never not be funny. I'm going to find it on youtube now.

  • emmalita

    "Whore" is the appropriate word from Happy Endings. I will never give up, "shut your whore mouth." NEVER!

  • L.O.V.E.

    Also, 'Don't Trust the B' gets to keep "slut".

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