Maria Kang posted this photo on her Facbeook page last year andit went viral.
ELK GROVE, Calif. - Fitness advocate and mother of three, Maria Kang, is an avid blogger and Facebook user, but her most recent post didn't sit well with Facebook, and some people are now calling her a bully.
Kang made headlines recently for posting her "No Excuse" photo on Facebook. In it, Kang is shown posing in a sports bra next to her three boys with the caption, "What's your excuse?"
"I'm just saying the truth. We've become a politically correct society," Kang said.
When Kang saw an article online from the Daily Mail showing plus-size women posing in lingerie, she logged onto her Facebook page and started writing.
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"The popular and unrelenting support received to those who are borderline obese (not just 30-40lbs overweight) frustrates me as a fitness advocate who intimately understands how poor health negatively effects a family, a community and a nation," Kang said.
"While I think it's important to love and accept your body, I was a little peeved because I think that we're normalizing obesity in our society," Kang said.
Just three hours after her post went viral, Facebook responded by removing the post and shutting down her account, calling the post "hate speech," according to Kang.
"I was pretty shocked," Kang said. "They said that I wasn't complying to community standards and if I continued posting the way I am that I'm going to be completely removed."
News10 reached out to Facebook and received this response:
"A user reported content on her page, and it was mistakenly removed by Facebook. When we realized the error we corrected it immediately, and restored full access to Ms Kang. We apologize for the inconvenience."
Facebook did reinstate Kang's account after two days, but they did not restore the post.
"I definitely think my freedom of speech was removed," Kang said.
"We all have our own opinions, and that's what Facebook should be," Elk Grove resident Darla Blanton said.
While some people said Facebook went too far, others say it was the right move.
"I feel like that's bullying other people," Elk Grove resident Jayana Hinkle said. "She can celebrate her success story, but when other people are trying to accept themselves, she just totally shoots that down. I don't think that's fair."
Kang said she will continue to advocate for a healthy lifestyle and doesn't plan on holding back in her future posts.
"It's never my intention to say someone should look a certain way." Kang said. "But I am not going to stand here and say being obesity is okay and we should accept that as the norm."
Facebook said Kang is welcome to repost her comments, but Kang said if the comments were not offensive, then Facebook should repost the original post, not her.