File this one under “What the hell is wrong with people?” On Monday morning, during a conversation about Demi Lovato and body positivity, The View‘s Meghan McCain revealed that people actually come up to her on the street and tell her that she “look[s] less fat in person than on TV.” The conservative firebrand insisted that, much to her co-hosts’ horror, she gets these kinds of “nasty” comments “all the time,” so “it’s a miracle” that she hasn’t let it get to her. “When we talk about women and bodies and age and weight, we have to expand ideas of beauty,” said McCain.
This morning on The View, the panel spent a few minutes discussing Lovato’s appearance at the Teen Vogue Summit. “We hear about the term ‘body positivity’ all the time, but to be honest, I don’t always feel positive about my body,” said the singer over the weekend. The women largely agreed with Lovato, but it was McCain who made the most resonant point. “For me, can people please stop coming up to me on the street and telling me that I ‘look less fat in person?’” she asked. “It’s nasty. It happens all the time.”
“It’s so mean,” continued McCain. “I don’t have body image issues, even though I agree with what Demi Lovato was saying that it’s a struggle to have acceptance every day. So just try to be kinder to people.”
McCain’s co-hosts were horrified. “That’s awful,” said Sunny Hostin. “People say that to you?” asked Joy Behar in shock. “All the time,” replied McCain, stressing her point. “By the way, it’s a miracle that I haven’t somehow had some kind of problem with eating up until this point. I have not, I do not, I will not. But that’s not helpful when people say you look less fat in person than on TV.”
“When they say you look less fat, you say, ‘I can’t say the same for you,’” joked Behar. “Well, I’ll just say you said it,” replied McCain with a smile. “But I just think that when we talk about women and bodies and age and weight, we have to expand ideas of beauty.” No matter how you feel about Meghan McCain, she’s right on this.
Check out The View‘s body positivity discussion on YouTube.
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