Maria Kang is a freelance writer/fitness blogger and she is proud of that fact that she is not out of shape after having three kids. So she took off 85% of her clothes, gathered her young offspring and had a photo shoot to flaunt it. Then she captioned the photo (likely in an effort to promote her business) with the words"What's your excuse?" and she posted that shit online. It's received 17,000 comments. A lot of them are not positive. SHOCKING.
"What's your excuse?"
That is literally all it says.
A normal person would read that and say "good for her" or "if she can do it so can I." But this world is full of many, many shitty people who can't see that she posted this to motivate not to put people down. So naturally, several people read it as, "What's your excuse, you portly fuck? Yeah, you. Go chug another pint of ice cream, fupa queen."
And then they became blind with rage. One lady said,"Not that I *NEED* an excuse for not working out, but here's mine you self-righteous idiot: fibromyalgia." Another wrote, "I can give you many 'excuses' to why a woman's body does not snap back, or look like yours after having kids. Your comment is not only judgemental it's biasly based on your own specific situation, body type, education, income, etc.... Why would you think that your comment is positive or motivational? Maybe something like - 'You Can!', 'It's Achievable!', 'It's Worth It!', would make more of a statement that appeals to more women without assuming we all are making excuses!"
I don't understand all this hate. Clearly you are making excuses if you take umbrage with this. Even if you can't work out, can you not eat right? Does fibromyalgia make you in capable of making smart dietary decisions? Honest question.
But Kang didn't take it lying down. She fired back. Sweeping the leg with no mercy.
“I'm sorry you took an image and resonated with it in such a negative way. I won't go into details that I struggled with my genetics, had an eating disorder, work full time owning two businesses, have no nanny, am not naturally skinny and do not work as a personal trainer,” she wrote, in part. “What I WILL say is this. What you interpret is not MY fault. It's yours. The first step in owning your life, your body and your destiny is to OWN the thoughts that come out of your own head. I didn't create them. You created them. So if you want to continue ‘hating’ this image, get used to hating many other things for the rest of your life.”
Why don't we just reach a middle ground, ladies? We can just put up a new photo and say, "YOU CAN DO THIS. IT'S ACHIEVABLE. BUT ONLY IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANY SHITTY EXCUSES, LIKE FIBROMYALGIA." A little long, sure, but we can just write it over her kids' faces, no one is looking at them anyway.