Kirstie Alley Responds To Backlash Surrounding ‘Circus Fat’ Comment

Born again Jenny Craig spokeswoman Kirstie Alley is making it clear – “circus fat”; is a term she uses to describe herself, not potential Jenny Craig members.  The actress sat down with Rachel Ray to discuss the controversy surrounding her latest ad for the weight loss company.

In her coming home ad, Alley says: “I’m not like circus fat, I just want to lose 20 pounds,”; joking that it’s actually more like 30.  After airing, Twitter users went on a tirade, calling the phrase “demeaning”; and “offensive.”;

Explaining the meaning of the term to Ray, Alley says, “First of all, I’m talking about myself… and second of all, I grew up in an era, pioneer days… where my dad would take me to the fair and to the circus and they actually had fat ladies in the circus.”;

Continuing on, Alley shares her disgust in the age old past time, telling the TV chef, “everybody in the audience was so thin that they would bring out this fat lady and would like, point and laugh. Which is hideous, I get it.”; Again bringing home the point that the joke was made in true self-deprecating fashion, “I am talking about myself,”; she says, “I think I can call myself whatever I want.”;

Joking about the controversy, the actress tweeted:


The full episode with Kirstie Alley on “Rachel Ray”; airs April 21, watch a preview belo.  What do you think about Kirstie’s comments? Are they offensive or made in jest?

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