Cosmopolitan magazine spiced a lot of controversy after it published an article which stated cancer was a good way to lose weight. The magazine promoted the article on Twitter and, as expected, users were outraged. They did not hesitate to accuse Cosmopolitan of their insensitivity and ask them to remove the article from their website.
Cosmopolitan promotes cancer as a dietary plan
The article was promoted with a strategic title meant to attract readers by telling them how a woman lost 44 pounds without engaging in any exercise. Then, it started revealing that she had to struggle with several conditions which put her life in danger, and some of them was cancer.
The woman received a cancer diagnosis, and then discovered that she had an altered disc in her spine. This convinced her to opt for a special diet which lasted for 12 weeks. What the article did was to promote cancer as a dietary plan, and convince people that they might be fighting with a terrible illness, but they can at least lose weight.
“Despite several life-threatening setbacks, she’s happier than ever at her healthiest weight yet.”
The users of the social media platform did not remain insensitive to this situation. They blamed the magazine for the fact that it claimed cancer was a good way to lose weight, so they asked Cosmopolitan to delete the article and fix the issue. After many attacks, they removed the Tweet. However, the article was still available online.
They changed the title, but the article remained insensitive
They also changed the title of the article into something less sensational and more neutral, calling a “serious health scare” as a reason to love your body. Unfortunately, this seems to be the only thing they changed, since the article kept the same overexcited tone about this serious problem. Anyway, the article was already shared more than 300 times before they changed the title.
Still, the readers are not happy. They cannot tolerate that such articles should be published, so they require the magazine to review the writing practices of their editors, take action, and never publish something similar again.
This is not the first time when Cosmopolitan is under attack from their readers. In October 2015, they declared the Kardashian family “America’s First Family”, which many thought it was offensive for the family of former president Obama.
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