A news reporter on TV has a tough job. They have to report the news, look fierce and trustworthy. But that also means getting criticized. There’s just no way around that. People love to talk shit, and they love to hate.
After two weeks on the job, Dallas traffic reporter Demetria Obilor got a hateful comment from a viewer. She, apparently, did not like the red dress Demetria was wearing on TV.
Here’s the original social media post from viewer Jann Shedd, in which she said that Demetria was a “size 16/18 woman in a size 6 dress,” and “ridiculous.” She also added that she wasn’t going to watch Channel 8 anymore.
Jan is big mad. Don’t be like Jan. pic.twitter.com/ytAKJHMXBy
— Thicktoria Lord-Buchanan (@fabfreshandfly) November 3, 2017
That post went viral and even got the attention of Chance the Rapper.
BIIIIIIG MAD https://t.co/E9yzWbU9m8
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) November 3, 2017
After that post went viral, Demetria took to social media to address the attention her dress and her body was getting from this negative lady. She posted the following video and spoke amazingly about body positivity.
“The controversy, it’s coming from people who aren’t too happy with the way I look on television saying ‘oh her body is too big for that dress’, or ‘she’s too curvy’, or ‘her hair is unprofessional, it’s crazy, we don’t like it’. A quick word to those people, this is the way that I’m built, this is the way I was born, I’m not going anywhere, so if you don’t like it you have your options.”
She also added: “We don’t have to put up with this and we’re not going to,” and tweeted: “Thanking all of you for the love & support! It’s a big deal to me. We have to work together to create a more tolerant world. No compromise.”
Demetria also told NBC News, “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.”
And we’re not either. The amazing thing about this whole negative viral post from one bitter lady is that Demetria made national news for being beautiful, and like she said, “she’s not going anywhere.”