Tall Poppy

Michelle Obama could lose a few

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When men get it wrong… horribly wrong.

There are some questions that man are told they should avoid answering when their partner asks. Such as ‘Do I look fat in this?’ But it seems that some men feel they have the right to answer the question without being asked, if the subject is a woman with a high public profile.

That was the case with Dr Keith Ablow, on an episode of Outnumbered, where he volunteered the following view of First Lady Michelle Obama. 

How well could she be eating? She needs to drop a few. Let’s be honest. We’re taking nutrition advice from who? … There’s no french fries happening? It’s all kale and carrots? I don’t buy it.

These comments shocked the female hosts along with viewers. Social media fired up with backlash, Twitter exploding with comments — both satirical and serious — defending Obama and slamming Ablow.

We at The Business Woman Media were among those shocked by Ablow’s remarks. Why? Firstly because the First Lady is one of the fittest women on this earth (here’s a reminder just in case you forgot about her push-up challenge).

Secondly, she has always been an advocate for healthy living, including the Lets Move Campaign that removed soft drink from school vending machines and promoting exercise and healthy eating choices.

We’re not sure what Ablow was trying to achieve. Maybe an increase in ratings? Is he trying to make her a victim of tall poppy syndrome? Or maybe he is just blind.

Of course, Michelle Obama isn’t the only successful business woman that has been slammed with outrageous weight critique.

On an episode of Q&A in 2012, Julia Gillard was the center of the weight-related remarks. Journalist and academic Germaine Greer, most famously known for her publication ‘The Female Eunuch’, made various comments about the Australian Prime Minister. Greer praised Julia for her efforts as Australia’s leader, but overshadowed them with remarks regarding her weight.

“What I want her to do is get rid of those bloody jackets… they don’t fit. Every time she turns round you’ve got that strange horizontal crease which means they’re cut too narrow in the hips. You’ve got a big arse, Julia,” Greer said.

Comments such as this simple distract people from a business woman’s accomplishments.  They also tell our children that it is okay to disrespect women in powerful positions. It is not okay. Ever.

For Obama, the attempt to provide a healthier situation for American children has been mocked. The Business Woman believes that the size of her clothing should not diminish her achievements and goals in any way.

What do you think?

About Amanda Rose

Founder and CEO of The Business Woman Media. Amanda Rose is also the only 'strategic connector', a brand strategist, keynote speaker and host of Amanda Rose TV. Connect with Amanda Rose on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or visit www.amandaroseofficial.com.

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