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On Friday evening, around closing time, protesters lined the streets outside of Hearst, the publishing house responsible for Marie Claire, and staged a peaceful protest and "kiss-in" in response to Marie Claire writer Maura Kelly's spiel on how she gets "grossed out" looking at larger people walk and kiss. Despite demanding an apology from the magazine—something more than the "I'm sorry you're mad, but I still think you're gross" faux-apology Kelly posted on marieclaire.com—Marie Claire's editor-in-chief Joanna Coles stood in solidarity with Kelly last week. The Gloss reports that Marie Claire has issued another statement calling this a non-issue: "The opinion was that of a blogger, not the magazine. She posted an apology the same day. We consider this matter closed." Marie Claire continues to pay and employ Kelly.
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· How'd that Marie Claire protest work out? [The Gloss]
· All Maura Kelly coverage [Racked]