Maria Kang is under fire in social media circles for posting a revealing picture of herself in revealing workout clothes with her three sons, all under 4 years old. In the picture are the words: “What’s your excuse?” implying that if she has time to workout then others can make time as well. The photo went viral, attracting 16,000 views and 12,000 comments.
Click on the following link to see the picture, which serves as Kang’s profile picture on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MariaMKang.
Kang’s intention was motivational and she admits that she did receive lots of positive support for the picture. She told CNN that the ratio of positive to negative comments are 7:1.
However, with every post/picture/comment that sparks a little controversy, the backlash is huge, and Kang received her share of it. The comments range from Kang being a bully, obnoxious and a show-off to her being a bad mother and neglecting her children to get into shape.
On Sept 25, Kang re-posted the picture accompanied by her version of an “apology,” which included these two paragraphs:
“I’m sorry you took an image and resonated with it in such a negative way. I won’t go into details that I struggled with my genetics, had an eating disorder, work full time owning two business’, have no nanny, am not naturally skinny and do not work as a personal trainer. I won’t even mention how I didn’t give into cravings for ice cream, french fries or chocolate while pregnant or use my growing belly as an excuse to be inactive.
What I WILL say is this. What you interpret is not MY fault. It’s Yours. 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. You can either blame, complain or obtain a new level of thought by challenging the negative words that come out of your own brain.”
To view the entire post, click on the following link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=649761945054764&set=a.362645870433041.90996.284697751561187&type=1&theater
Her “apology” was met by positive feedback, with many people calling her an inspiration and stating that she doesn’t need to apologize for living a healthy and fit lifestyle.
What do you think of this picture? Are people are too sensitive to posts like these? Do you think Kang needed to defend herself? What are your thoughts on her apology? If you were Kang, how would you attempt to fix your reputation after this social media storm?