This Dallas TV Anchor Gets Real About Body Kindness In Video Response to Her Shamers
"This is the way that I'm built. This is the way I was born."
No matter how clear it is that body-shaming is both misguided and harmful, judgmental comments continue to permeate the internet, social media, and, let's be honest, IRL. Another recent target of this nasty behavior is Dallas-based traffic reporter Demetria Obilor of WFAA Channel 8 News, who was criticized for her curves and clothing choices by a disgruntled viewer on Facebook.
The comment has since been deleted but was screenshotted and posted by someone online. In it, a female viewer said that Obilor is a "size 16/18 woman in a size 6 dress" and that she will no longer watch Channel 8, essentially because the network has lost its senses. [Insert long sigh.]
In response, Obilor is taking the high road and addressing the controversy in a direct and positive way. Rather than bashing the woman for her mean-spirited comments, the contagiously positive anchor decided to focus on all the love and support she's received because of it.
"I'm waking up from my Friday nap to some controversy, but a whole lot of love," she says in a video posted to Twitter that has since gone viral. "The controversy is coming from people who aren't too happy with the way that I look on television, saying, 'Oh, her body is too big for that dress. It's too curvy.' Or, 'Her hair, it's unprofessional, it's crazy. We don't like it.'"
Not one to give hateful people any undeserved attention, Obilor quickly sets the record straight.
"A quick word to those people: This is the way that I'm built," she says. "This is the way I was born. I'm not going anywhere, so if you don't like it, you have your options."
Showing support for others who have been bullied or made to feel less than because they looked "different" in some way, she continues, saying, "We don't have to put up with this, and we're not going to." Yes.
Her response struck a chord with everyone from Chance the Rapper to The View cohost Meghan McCain, who both shared their love and support on Twitter.
Others thanked her for spreading positivity and self-confidence in spite of others' hate-filled comments, which helps to empower other victims who have dealt with shaming and bullying in the process. (Related: Twitter Responds Perfectly After Trolls Body Shame a Teacher for Her Dress)
With so much pressure to fit some unrealistic and frankly boring mold, it's amazing to see Obilor and others do their part to spread a little kindness.