Maria Kang's credentials sound like she's the perfect woman. She owns two residential care homes for the elderly, runs a fitness non-profit that she founded and is the proud mom of three kids. Just one problem: To show off how she's stayed in shape, Maria posted a photo on her Facebook page emblazoned with the fat-shaming challenge: "What's your excuse?" And the photo's gone viral, with more than 16 million views, reported CNN on October 17.
But it's not just the photo that's gone viral. The fury also became the perfect storm, with more than 12,000 comments from mommies and the men who love them.
A sample comment: "I HAD no issues with this photo until I just now heard of the "whats your excuse" caption. Even now, its not the photo, but the caption. Go on and be proud of yourself, but the moment YOU bring other people into the mix with a caption like that, you open yourself up to rebuttals. My rebuttal was stated with class and respect... if I add the phrase "whats your exuse" after that statement it changes the whole tone. Think about that one. Discipline isnt c**p if you dont have respect."
In an interview with Yahoo Shine, Maria tried to defend herself.
“I wanted to inspire people,” she insisted, adding that the “What’s your excuse?” part was simply a borrowed, popular phrase that’s been used in various “fitspiration” campaigns. “I wanted to say, ‘I know you think you don’t have time if you have kids. But if I can do it, you can do it, too.’"
Offering a celebrity insight: Snooki, who opined that the photo "is not offensive at all, because that's what lazy people say."
What do you think? Is the photo offensive or motivating? Post your comments below.