Alyssa Milano and Others Talk About Fat-Shaming

    January 8, 2014
    Daryl Nelson
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In an interview with Mario Lopez, on the show “Extra,” actress Alyssa Milano spoke about Jay Mohr’s now infamous comments, when he called her fat during an awards show. Sadly, Milano heard about the comments on Dec. 25., which must of surely put a damper on her day.

“I heard it actually on Christmas Day and it hurt me,” she said. “I was affected by it and I wanted to remind him that I’m a human being and that this hurts.” In addition, the gorgeous brunette said that she’s on her way to losing the rest of her pregnancy weight. “I gained 55 pounds when I was pregnant. I still have 10 more to lose,” she explained.

By now most people are familiar with the story of Mohr calling Milano fat, then Milano responding through Twitter and Mohr eventually apologizing. And of course it would have been easy for the former “Charmed” star to ignore the comments, but she felt she just had to say something.

“He made a comment that was not so nice about my weight and I called him out on Twitter about it,” she said. “I just think he was trying to make a joke and not think about it. I think it’s an interesting statement about where we are socially that people feel that they can sort of rip a woman’s body apart after having a baby. I don’t think it’s fair.”

Milano’s frustration seems to mirror that of actor Jennifer Lawrence, who also talked about how cruel people can be to woman nowadays. In an interview with Barbara Walters last month she said that fat-shaming has become the popular joke of the day and that it really needs to stop.

“Why is humiliating people funny,?” she asked Walters. “I get it and I do it too, we all do it. But I think when it comes to the media, the media needs to take responsibility for the effect that it has on our generation, on these girls that are watching these television shows and picking up how to talk and how to be cool. So then all of a sudden, being funny is making fun of the girl that’s wearing an ugly dress.”

Hopefully, shaming people is one of those trends in our culture that will soon begin to subside a bit, but with social media almost replacing human interaction in terms of communication, some may say think that things will get worse before they get better. And who’s to say things will get better at all? It might not.

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  • Alan Nudi

    I can’t believe I actually read this article… then I decided to watch the video, hoping that something interesting would happen.
    Turns out, the 2 settled their tiny mis-communication (tweets) and have since moved on… WHY ARE PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT THIS LIKE IT’S NEWS???
    I wish people would care about important things (like the NSA, IRS, & Obamacare) instead of just some crap like this.

    • @Alan

      I agree with you but this is America. Nothing important matters. This country is so delusional. Anything of substance doesn’t get talked about. For example, a third building fell on 9/11 and it was not hit by a plane. Yet, no one talks about that. The Sandy Hook video doesn’t show a shooter but it does show a blue screen for 50 minutes. No one talks about this.

      But, a chunky woman who is upset because someone called her chunky, which she is by the way, gets all the attention because she is a woman and her feelings got hurt.

      This Alan is why the United States will not last another hundred years. We are on our way out.

      • Melanie

        With all due respect, you don’t know what you’re talking about. While the things you listed are certainly important issues to be concerned about, eating disorders are so common among girls AND guys that this should not be swept under the rug and dismissed as unimportant. When you have a child that is going through an eating disorder, then and only then can you begin to understand.

        • @Melanie

          You are right and I am wrong. I do understand it is an important issue and I should not have made light about it. However, it is very frustrating that we never talk about other important issues.

          Milano and her weight will get more attention than some really very crucial issues. Take 9/11 and Sandy Hook for example. There is a very real possibility that we are being lied to about both events. Don’t believe the ridicule when people say these things are “conspiracy theories” because they are not. Extremely credible people are coming forward about both events. Now, if we are being lied to, then it doesn’t matter if we have skinny people or fat people in this country. Our country may not even survive to have the luxury of discussing topics such as weight.

          But you are right. Weight and bullying that comes along with that is not right either. But really, I think the issue is much deeper than just weight. I grew up in the 70s and 80s. We had very few fat people. Very few. Now everyone is fat. We have to really ask why that is? We have to be honest with ourselves. But we aren’t doing that either because it will require us to look at ourselves as we really are and we don’t want to do that either. Here are the issues I think go along with weight that no one talks about:

          — Steroids in all the foods.
          — Two parents working to make ends meet so kids fend for themselves.
          — Our lust for more and our greed has made thing so expensive that two parents have to work.
          — Feminism devaluing the woman who stays at home to take care of the house.
          — Feminism has brought on the destruction of the family unit and broken homes.
          — Our addiction to the Internet and the fact we have become sedentary.

          All those things contribute to weight gain. So when we talk about weight gain, we don’t even really talk about it and get to the heart of the matter. We relegate it to — oh she is fat from getting pregnant. Well, that is not why most people in this country are fat.

          It is all frustrating because we are never real with ourselves

  • http://aol nomdefaitour

    Milano ought to happy he didn’t make fun of her age. 41 is over-the-hill. The face you see is painted on.

    • Wow Dennis!

      Says the person who will one day be 41