Roxane Gay Gets Body-Shamed By Australian Website Mamamia
If you haven't read a book by Roxane Gay, where have you been? Not only is she intelligent, she's witty, and her books are something to be praised. Mamamia's Mia Freedman didn't quite get the memo, when she interviewed her for Mamamia's No Filter podcast.
Gay's latest book, Hunger, is all about the her relationship with food and how overeating became a comfort after experiencing serious sexual assault as a child. She talks about how, the bigger you get, the more difficult life can be to navigate, and details her life as a "woman of size".
Whilst doing press for Hunger, Roxane was interviewed for the podcast, but was left "appalled" after the podcast's description repeatedly shamed her body. The original description was screen-shotted by Twitter user @courtney_ro before it was removed and replaced with a new one.
Gay took to Twitter and spoke of how "cruel and humiliating" the whole situation has been, with her calling Freedman's words "disgusting and shameful." The fact that a writer actually felt that it was entirely acceptable to write this about another human being is disgraceful and left people focusing more on Gay's body than on her latest literary accomplishment.
The site has since published an written apology from Freedman, and Gay has continued on her press tour for Hunger. I'm all for celebrating 'no filter', but maybe Mamamia should learn that some things are better left unsaid.