Whitney Way Thore, body positivity activist and star of My Big Fat Fabulous Life, totally took down comedian Kerryn Feehan when she made unkind remarks about overweight people on a radio show, and it was awesome.
In an incident airing during Wednesday’s episode of My Big Fat Fabulous Life, Feehan, who was making a guest appearance on a radio show where Thore interns, totally offended Thore with her thoughtless comments, forcing Thore to storm into the studio to defend herself. While it won’t be clear until tonight’s episode airs what exactly Feehan said to upset Thore, the argument certainly got testy—and incredibly personal.
“I just don’t take very kindly to assumptions being made about my weight and health, and also, why do you care?” Thore demanded.
“Do you feel sad for your friends who are a little overweight?” Steve Maney, one of the radio hosts, asked Feehan. “Like, do you feel sad for Whitney?”
“I feel affected by them, I feel affected by their moods,” Feehan replied. “I feel affected by the way they treat me.”
Whitney, obviously shocked, asked: “So fat people don’t treat you well?!”
“Yeah, they’re moody and they’re cranky! They’re mean!” the comedian replied.
“Attitudes like this, is exactly what kept me in a darkened apartment, ordering pizza, because I didn’t want to go out into the world because people treated me so bad,” Thore explained, clearly saddened.
You can watch an exclusive clip on People here.
After the incident, Thore told People:
“People who claim to be concerned for my health but insult me in the same breath give themselves away; they are not ‘concerned.’ They’re fat-phobic. It’s attitudes like this – the aggressive fat-shaming cloaked in concern that all too often convinces fat people that we are worthless and it’s a narrative I will not buy into.”
We agree: No one should be made to feel bad about their body.