Sunday, 5 November 2017

Traffic reporter hits back after being mocked for her looks

Demetria Obilor had only spent 2 weeks in her new job as a traffic reporter for a Dallas TV station when a Facebook user – one of the station’s viewers – began body-shaming her.

The user shared a photo of the reporter on her page, saying that she “looks ridiculous”.

“She’s a 16/18 woman in a size 6 dress and looks ridiculous,” she said, adding that she’ll no longer watch the news channel.

Then the post went viral after it was shared by other social media users.

Demetria, 26, then reacted to the criticism in a video she posted on Twitter.  She appreciated those who are standing by her, including, Chance the Rapper.
Speaking to NBC News, Demetria said: “I’m not a 16/18, but even if I was, for you to try to call out my size like that to hurt me or discriminate against me, I’m not for that.”

She added: “When you get older and you’re in the news people warn you that, ‘Hey, you’re going to be under a harsh lens. People are going to critique you, people are going to say mean things about you’.”

“It’s not about my unhurt feelings,” she said. “It’s about what’s acceptable in society and how we, as people in the media, we have to make things right.”

Other social media users are showing support to the Demetria. See below:

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