The Sacramento mom whose Facebook picture went viral after many said it was guilty of fat-shaming appeared on the talk show "Bethenny" Monday afternoon - trying to clear the air. Maria Kang's controversial Facebook photo shows the physically fit mother of three posing with her children along with the caption "What's your excuse?"
Kang had very specific intentions behind choosing the caption,
"I wanted to motivate moms, that's why I put the title, 'what's your excuse?' I thought that it would be a motivating caption. We see it all the time with a lot of 'fitsperation' posters: kids who are paraplegics running in the olympics, elderly people doing marathons - What's your excuse? I thought, you know what? I've got three little kids, and I'm able to be in shape, have these kids, and overcome incredible odds. Why not put this provoking caption on it?"
Kang posted the picture last year, but things really took off when she chose to reply to some of the comments on Facebook,
"I'm tired of people saying negative things about me, saying that I don't work, that I have a nanny, that I'm body shaming, that I'm an insult to women, that I'm a bully...so one morning I just got on my computer and said, you know what? This is my first and final apology, and then I had to leave really quick and drop my kids off at school, and I had no idea that was going to go viral."
Kang says she never meant the caption to be an insult,
"When I wrote the caption I remember there being three words, and it's "what's Your Excuse?" It didn't say, 'what's your excuse for not looking like me?' That would be pretty narcissistic thing for me to say. My intention was "what's your excuse for not working out, what's your excuse for not trying harder to make fitness a priority?"