Some naysayers flagged the post as "hate speech," (OK, I'm with Kang; that's some lame censorship), and her account was blocked. Facebook said the removal was a mistake and apologized, but Maria Kang is still punching at the air. She posted this week on TIME Magazine's website:
"A new minority of healthy people are stepping out of the shadows. ... We shouldn't be condemned."
Kang goes on to bemoan the prospect that "being a healthy everyday individual shatters the self-images of overweight people" and argues that "demonstrating possibilities in one's personal health should not be defined as promoting bullying, fat shaming or gloating."
Welcome to Maria Kang's world, where "being a healthy individual" means telling other people not to be proud.
Kang claims that she is just a soldier in the war on obesity. Obviously, convincing overweight people to feel ashamed has been a resounding success so far.
Time and again, when critics have decried her unhelpful needling of women's vulnerabilities, Kang has borne her cross with a wipe of her dewy brow. It's just so hard to be thin and pretty! If fat people feel sad when they're told to hate themselves, it's their own guilt talking! Nobody can make you feel bad but yourself!
(Side note: I don't know when "You already felt bad about yourself anyway; nobody else can make you feel bad" ascended to some sort of irrefutable Internet defense. I guess the final refuge for cruelty is to believe there's no such thing.)
Through all of this, Kang's supporters have claimed that people who have a problem with her publicity tactics MUST be insecure about their bodies.
Well, gosh. Here's how insecure I am. This is me, in a swimsuit, "being a healthy everyday individual."
See how I managed to do that without picking on anyone else?