Fat-shaming seems to be losing acceptance, but Chris Wallace didn’t seem to get the message.
The New York Daily News is reporting that Wallace, during a guest appearance on the Mike Gallagher Radio Show, which usually focuses on all things political, got into a conversation with Gallagher about Gallagher’s weight and love of pizza. Soon, talk turned to Kelly Clarkson, former American Idol winner who has had a history of fluctuating weight.
Gallagher started off by saying “Have you seen Kelly Clarkson? You know the singer, Kelly Clarkson? Holy cow, did she blow up,” Gallagher said
Wallace responded, “Really? Do we want to talk about some of your friends? Kelly Clarkson’s got a lovely voice.”
But, Wallace then added, “She could stay off the deep dish pizza for a little while.”
This isn’t the first time Clarkson has been called to the scale. British personality Katie Hopkins, while appearing on the Graham Norton show, said, “Jesus, what happened to Kelly Clarkson? Did she eat all her backing singers? Happily I have a wide-screen.”
The Huffington Post is reporting that Wallace has been in a blog by fellow correspondent Greta Van Susteren.
“This ‘guy snickering’ (Wallace) about her weight is obnoxious. He should apologize.”
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that others have lambasted Wallace for his comment via Twitter. Sportscaster Lisa Guerrero tweeted “To the surprise of no one, Fox’s Chris Wallace proves himself a cretin by fat shaming KellyClarkson. Cuz he’s SO hot.”
Broadcaster Lisa Brandt tweeted “Kelly Clarkson is an amazing talent, a busy artist and a new Mom. Screw you Chris Wallace.”
Radio personality Dara Zane Scully tweeted “Chris Wallace has lost all credibility. Loser.”
For her part, Clarkson, who gave birth to her first child in June of 2014, is retorting with her usual charm and kindness. Clarkson recently appeared on The Ellen Degeneres show, and talked about the criticism of her weight.
“I think what hurts my feelings for people is that I’ll have a meet and greet after the show and a girl who’s like bigger than me will be in the meet and greet and be like, ‘Wow, if they think you’re big I must be so fat to them,'” Clarkson told Degeneres. “And it’s like, you’re just who you are.”
She added, “I love that people think [the topic] is new,” she said. “Like, welcome to the past 13 years. I yo-yo. Sometimes I’m more fit and I get into kickboxing and hardcore, and then sometimes I don’t and go, ‘Nope, I’d rather have wine!'”
As of this report, no comments have been made concerning Gallagher’s comments, only what Wallace said.
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