Fox News psychiatrist Keith Ablow is defending controversial comments he made about Michelle Obama’s weight, arguing the first lady is not an appropriate role model for fitness.
“I do dislike hypocrisy and I really do believe that people speaking about diet should be role models themselves, and I’m not sure if the first lady is that role model,” Mr. Ablow said in an interview, Politico reported.
The psychiatrist drew fire Tuesday when he said among a panel of women on Fox News’ “Outnumbered” that Mrs. Obama needed to “drop a few.”
“There’s no french fries happening? That’s all kale and carrots? I don’t buy it. Just saying,” he said, receiving gasps from his co-hosts.
The comments sparked backlash on Twitter, including from Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean, who wrote, “Dear @keithablow please keep your comments about women ‘dropping a few’ to yourself. Sincerely, all women.”
Mr. Ablow responded, “@JaniceDean, I simply dislike hypocrisy. Sincerely, all TRUTH-tellers.”
He told Politico on Wednesday that people “should be less sensitive about talking about [weight].”
“I’m not taking food advice from an American who dislikes America, who in many photographs during her tenure as first lady is obviously not fit, and who has a record of saying things that show that she’s two-faced,” he said. “This should be obvious; I don’t know why it isn’t.”