Readers outraged by Marie Claire's refusal to issue a proper apology for Maura Kelly's fat-shame screed are taking it to the streets. And making them watch all kinds of people kissing, whether they find it "aesthetically displeasing" or not.
The Big Fat Kiss-In joins the 28,000 letters and emails that have already flooded Marie Claire's website and offices, demanding the magazine admit it wasn't being "provocative" or starting a "conversation" — but just made a mistake it regrets. Writes Stacy Bias, whose brainchild it was,
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.
Here's how the event's Facebook page describes the happening:
You are invited to The Big Fat Kiss-In!
PLATONIC KISSES! ROMANTIC KISSES! FAMILIAL KISSES! PECKS ON THE CHEEK! AIR KISSES! FRENCH KISSES! ALL KISSES!
Marie Claire chose to publish an essay in which the author shares her utter disgust for fat people - but moreover - physical displays of affection between said fat people.
That being said, I WANT YOU to join me TOMORROW, FRIDAY OCTOBER 29, 2010 at 6:00pm outside of Marie Claire at the Hearst Building to make the statement that LOVE HAS NO WEIGHT LIMIT!
ALL SHAPES AND SIZES! EVERYONE IS INVITED!
Spurred ahead by Bias and fellow organizers Aris K. Manhattan, Substantia Jones, Sandy Schaffer and Marilyn Wann, protesters will gather at 6pm in front of Hearst Tower – 300 W. 57th St. near 8th Ave, in Manhattan, and mack for the cause.
Big Fat Kiss-In TOMORROW in NYC, In Response To Marie Claire Article [Stacey Bias]
The Big Fat Kiss-In! Where Love Has No Weight Limit! [Facebook]
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