By now, I’m sure most of you have seen the “what’s your excuse?” photo of Maria Kang, a mother of three young children, who looks like she stepped right out of the CrossFit games. (Click here if you haven’t.) What I’m sure she thought was a harmless photo has caused quite the uproar, causing her to be labeled by some as a bully, a “fat shamer,” and “a shame to women.”
(I don’t really know much about sharing photos that don’t belong to me, so I haven’t shared it in this post. I know that causes the post to lose some of the effect, but I’d like to stay on the right side of the law – and that’s why I shared my own personal and lame version of the photo! I’m covered with my son’s pumpkin and banana puree.)
Personally, I didn’t think she was bullying or trying to destroy anyone’s self-image. While I don’t know her, I believe it’s safe to say that she was attempting to motivate people, using the image to deliver a “you can do this, too!” sort of message.
After posting a link to the picture on Facebook, I asked our fans what they thought and if Kang was really guilty of being a bully. Overwhelmingly, the response was very pro-Kang:
Brit: “I say good for her! The others are just “hating”. Sometimes the truth hurts…”
Cathy: “People need to lighten the hell up. No she is not a bully. She looks damn good, she takes pride in her body and appearance. 3 kids in 3 years, and to look like she does??? She has every right to brag!”
Tony: “Fortunately for her there’re just as many who are inspired to change, unfortunately as is usually the case with the Internet and most of our world, the one with the most sensational comment and can scream the loudest is likely the one to be heard.”
Becky: “No, it’s not bullying, but getting back to a body like that after three small children takes dedication that borders on obsession for a lot of people. Putting an image out there can motivate, but when results like hers aren’t achieved in an 8 month period, it could become demotivating.”
Mark: “I think her apology statement says it all. She’s no bully. The bullies were the faceless and nameless haters who attacked her.”
What are your thoughts on this? Do you agree with the above comments? Do you think Kang was wrong? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with the community!