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There's a reason that CBS' new show, Mike & Molly, got picked up for a full season. The sitcom, about a couple who meets at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting, is full of heart. Yes, there are fat jokes, but the show doesn't rely on them to succeed. Mike & Molly isn't about fat people. It's about everyday, relatable people searching for love. And it's for that reason the show works.
But not everyone can look past the size of the show's two leads, Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy. In a recent Marie Claire article titled "Should 'Fatties' Get a Room? (Even on TV?)," author Maura Kelly writes:
"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. 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 heroin addict slumping in a chair."
Though Kelly did end up issuing an apology, it didn't take away the sting of those words, which Mike & Molly creator Mark Roberts says "makes me sad."
"The reaction that sort of hangs with me the most is, I feel really protective of Billy and Melissa," Roberts tells Zap2It.com. "I love them. They're two of the most talented, sweet people I've ever met, and the fact that they have to read this and be part of this makes me a little upset."
Gardell and McCarthy are good actors, which is why, big or small, they're able to play such lovable characters. And as Roberts adds, "We're just trying to put on a fun show about two people falling in love." And isn't that what really matters?
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