Hot mom Maria Kang has caused quite a stir on the Internet, a stir that has branched out into several interviews through televised media as well, after posting a picture of herself on Facebook in a sports bra and matching micro-shorts. Apparently the photo with the question "What's Your Excuse?" was a bit too much for some, because it wasn't long before the haters were blasting her for just about anything imaginable, from neglecting her kids (all three of whom are in the photo as well) in order to work out to needlessly taunting fat people (called "fat shaming") and being a bully.
Fox News reported on the uproar Oct. 16, noting that Maria Kang issued a challenging non-apology via her Facebook account. (It should also be noted that the "What's Your Excuse?" photo was originally posted a year ago.) She wrote, in part: "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."
The article also noted one person's problem with Kang's toned-body photo as positioning herself as the model that should emulated, that Kang wants everyone to look like her. As insecurities assert themselves in the words used, it should be noted that "What's Your Excuse?" probably shouldn't be viewed as a derogatory or chiding, but provocative in that Maria Kang -- a mother (a.k.a. hot mom) of three, non-profit founder, and business owner -- has found a way to stay fit while raising three kids and maintaining a business and home life. And she never said it was for everyone, just suggesting that if one wants it, one can attain it.
As Yahoo Shine noted, the photo had garnered over 16 million hits by Oct. 14. In an interview with Yahoo Shine, Kang also noted that making people feel bad about themselves was actually the opposite of what she had intended.
“I wanted to inspire people,” she said. The “What’s your excuse?” caption was borrowed from various “fitspiration” campaigns, she explained. “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.’”
Oh, and Maria Kang doesn't have a nanny...
Kang says that the way her Facebook photo is interpreted -- both in the negative and positive -- is a reflection of where people's minds are. She also notes that going from out-of-shape to in-shape is also mind over matter. “I just hope that the person who feels completely overwhelmed can see they can control their own destiny. To know that there’s no excuse for not making time for yourself.”
But in today's over-reactionary, too-sensitive world, it is easy to see how the more insecure, psychologically and emotionally beleaguered might interpret an optimistic challenge as obnoxious bullying. As toned hot mom, business owner, and no-nanny mother of three has pointed out, it's where their minds are. Unfortunately, for all too many it has become a comfort zone.