Dallas residents have recently started seeing Demetria Obilor on WFAA-TV. She is the new traffic reporter and viewers are tearing her apart. People on social media are saying horrible things and shaming her for having a curvy body. And one female viewer even criticized Obilor for how she dresses her non-Size 6 frame.
Jan Shedd wrote: “Has anyone seen Channel 8’s new morning traffic reporter? Her name is Demetria Obilor & she’s a size 16/18 woman in a size 6 dress, and she looks ridiculous. I understand that when I watch Channel 8 I’m going to get biased reporting and political correctness, but clearly, they have taken complete leave of their senses. I’m not going to watch Channel 8 anymore.”
Although Jan Shedd tried to shame Obilor for having a big frame, the traffic reporter took to Twitter to respond. Instead of lashing out with anger and retribution toward Jan, Obilor shared a response brimming with positivity and self-appreciation. Women everywhere, who are larger than people like Jan would like, are standing up and being proud of who they are – all because Obilor took a stand against a bully.
Not only did Obilor stand up for herself and share pride in how she looks, but thousands of others also responded in a Twitter firestorm in the news anchor’s defense.
Although Jan wanted to shower hate onto Obilor, she accidentally won the anchor a lot of new fans. And we are all happy to shut down a body-shamer trying to make the world a smaller, less enlightened place.
Jan doesn’t appreciate Obilor because she has curves. Perhaps, she is jealous. Or perhaps, Jan is prejudiced against the anchor. But Obilor is not going to apologize for how she looks. Instead, she accentuates her natural curves and her black hair. It is part of who she is and she’s only being true to herself. If only Jan would do the same.
Diversity makes the world a brighter place. If we were all the same, things would be boring. Just because someone is different and is not afraid to show it does not mean it takes away from what makes you uniquely you. Diversity of all kinds needs to be celebrated rather than squelched.
The video response Obilor posted on her Twitter account quickly went viral. She is no stranger to the hateful comments she’s gotten over the years about her “crazy hair” and about how her body is “too big for that dress.”
Then Obilor hit the nail on the head.
“People think they can talk to you a little different” if you look different from everyone else. But this simply is not the American way.
In the viral video that has sparked a self-esteem revival, Obilor has a message to all her haters out there including Jan.
“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.”
Obilor is not going to let their hate slow her down. Instead, she is going to use it to lift herself up and to make her stronger. And if you ever experience body shaming, you can do that too. It just takes a shift in perspective. Look at things differently and see your strengths.
And in the end, “We’re all in this together,” Obilor says.