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A month ago, a Marie Claire blogger expressed disgust over watching the plump Mike & Molly stars, Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy, getting physical. It was gratifying to see scores of readers rise to the actors' defense. It was also gratifying when the whole incident blew over, and people could stop discussing weight issues and go back to watching (or not watching) the show based on the quality of its writing and acting.
On the one hand, Mike & Molly's writers have every right to respond to the blogger's insensitive comments. "It's a very eloquently put thing that I get to say… that kind of says everything we feel," says Gardell. This implies that the reference will be gracious and even-handed, and certainly not a shot across the bow. The incident shed light on the deep well of resentment felt by overweight people towards judgmental skinnies, but it's doubtful that Mike & Molly would want to wade into that fray. This is a comedy we're talking about.
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