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Kirstie Alley on Dancing With the Stars

Kirstie Alley. Okay, so she's been a yo-yo dieting exhibitionist whose body negativity and obsession with weight loss has sometimes made me cringe - and I never even watched any of her weight-related shows.

But I like her as a comedienne (remember Cheers?) and it can't be denied that she is tearing up the dance floor as a 60-year-old -- 60! -- fat chick in this sequence from Dancing with the Stars.

So, go go go with the (non-weight focused) comedy and dancing, Kirstie! Keep on living fully and joyfully in the body you have. It's a truly beautiful thing to see happening.

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Bree
March 25th, 2011 | Link | While it's great to see a

While it's great to see a gorgeous fat woman tearing up the dance floor, as usual, some just can't let her do her thing without a dig about her weight. George Lopez, who in the last four years has become another bullying comic (and was never that funny to begin with), made fun of her and Wendy Williams on that show of his. Of course, being a fat woman who likes to dance, I don't understand why people think seeing us shake our jelly causes others to regress into 5 year-olds and make juvenile jokes. Dancing, like many things in life, is not just for the thin and who knows, maybe she'll keep going on as the competition continues.

Nakniwa March 25th, 2011 | Link | Quote "Dancing, like many

Quote "Dancing, like many things in life, is not just for the thin " Love this comment. Recently went to a friend's birthday party and felt uncomfortable being the only fatty getting up to dance. Was relieved and utterly in awe of a beautiful woman of size who got up and shook her thang like nobody's business. Had to get up and show my solidarity and do the same.

Its people like Kirstie who are way pavers and it takes a lot of guts. Yes, she's been fat negative before, but she still forges ahead and the more the general public is exposed to bodies of size the more normal and natural it will be. There will always be haters in the wings but we have to get up and do our thing anyway.

Notblue March 25th, 2011 | Link | Thank you for posting this!

Thank you for posting this! I cannot stand the show but love Kirstie and wanted to see her dance! I thought she was fantastic! I had no idea she was 60! WOW! I truly hope she one day accepts herself and her body. She so funny and gorgeous and I would love to see her happy.

"Kind words are short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless." Mother Theresa

Carolyn March 25th, 2011 | Link | Just Wow! I love the show

Just Wow! I love the show (I'm a DWTS "Ho", too) and OMG was Kirstie ever good. I've liked her as an actress and just sighed as she moaned & groaned about weight, wishing I could give her some self-body-love. You just have to give her credit for effort and skill and daring; she put it all together beautifully. That kind of effort is not related to size but to heart. Something any one could aspire to!

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richie79
March 26th, 2011 | Link | Whilst not wanting to be a

Whilst not wanting to be a buzz-kill I can't get behind someone who's built the last decade of their career on being fat and hating it, and done great damage to the cause of fat rights in the process. I remain to be convinced that she's in the early stages of some sort of conversion to self-acceptance, especially as most fat celebs go the other way, and suspect any such change of heart would last only as long as it took for Jenny Craig et all to come knocking at her door. On the other hand I have no doubts she could survive until the later stages of the dance contest; neither size nor lack of talent nor even being partnered with notorious fatphobe Anton du Beke served as barriers to the former MP Ann Widdecombe doing so on the UK version 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

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