After a Dallas TV anchor was body shamed by viewers, the transportation reporter wasted no time shutting down the hate like a total boss. It all started when negative comments about the absolutely stunning Demetria Obilor of WFAA-TV recently went viral, partly thanks to Chance the Rapper coming to the reporter's defense. Now, her video response to her critics is gaining attention, and it will inspire you to love and celebrate your body.
Obilor, 26, recently relocated from Las Vegas to Texas for her new gig and one viewer was less than welcoming to the new on-air talent. According to Cosmopolitan, the viewer wrote the following comment on Facebook, which has since been removed: "Has anyone seen Channel 8's new morning traffic reporter? 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."
The nasty verbal attack was eventually noticed by Chance the Rapper, who tweeted a response. But Obilor — who, for the record, owned it her crimson frock — didn't need a famous music artist to come to her rescue. She did an excellent job of taking the critics to task for their ignorant and unnecessary statements.
This tweet grabbed the viewers comment — and captured Chance's attention.
In her Facebook video, Obilor said, "This is the way that I'm built, this is the way that I was born. I'm not going anywhere. If you don’t like it, you have your options. To the people who show love, I love you right back."
She continued, "When you look a little different, people think it's OK to talk to you a little different. I'm on TV, so I can't clap back how I want to clap back all the time. So I am always taken aback and forever grateful for people I don't even know come to my defense...We don't have to put up with this and we're not going to."
And that's how you shut down a hater.
According to Cosmo, Obilor, who wears a size 6 or 8, didn't get bent out of shape at being the target of insults. She was more concerned about calling out how harmful beauty standards and body-based hate can be.
"When you're on TV, people pick you apart and you get used to it," the anchor said. "But this isn't about me, this is about everyone ... I don't harbor any ill will toward that person. I just hope we can all use this as motivation and fuel to keep fighting for people to embrace those who look different.
"It's important for young girls growing up to see different figures and shapes and colors in the news, on TV, in magazines, and in movies."
Amen to that.
Chance the Rapper wasn't the only one who weighed in on this situation. Fellow TV personality Meghan McCain summed things up simply and effectively.
This user makes a great point about racism in the workplace, and how race plays into body shaming.
This user put the period at the end of this sentence with her comment and photo. Yes and yes.
Obilor was previously shamed for her fabulous natural coif, which she shared on Twitter back in May. It's unsettling that the talented anchor has dealt with so many negative comments about her looks when just trying to do her job.
Even though Oblior shouldn't have to deal with the hate, she remains a source of inspiration for rising above and continuing to rock her reports. All the while remaining beautiful AF.