It all started with one viewer’s body shaming comment who felt insulted by the inappropriate appearance of a new traffic reporter she saw on a Texas TV channel. The complaint went viral, causing an incredible hurricane of reactions in social networks.
Demetria Obilor, a 26-year-old traffic ensemble anchor, has been working with Dallas’ Channel 8 since late October, but she has already attracted international audiences to her persona after she was criticized by a viewer for the way she dressed on air.
The disgusted viewer, Jan Shedd, assumed that the clinging little red dress was “too small” for the lady on TV. She wrote on her Facebook page: “Has anyone seen Channel 8’s new morning traffic reporter? Her name is Demetria Obilor and 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 original message immediately went viral and amassed a great number of comments and reposts from those who backed up Demetria. Though it was deleted in a few hours, outraged internet users continued to share a screenshot of the publication along with words of support for Obilor.
Many people strongly condemned the cyberbullying that unfortunately happens every now and then.
Even Chance the Rapper, a popular American musician, stepped in for the TV presenter.
Since then, Demetria posted several messages, addressing the haters and thanking everyone who supported her.
“When you’re on TV, people pick you apart, and you get used to it,” she said. “But this isn’t about me, this is about everyone. By flippantly guessing my size, she offended a lot of people on a lot of different levels.
This is not the first time Demetria has faced criticism from TV viewers. Earlier this year in May, while she was working as a traffic reporter on KLAS 8 News Now in Las Vegas, the woman shared a screen of a letter, in which a person presumed her hair was unclean and smelled bad. A lot of Twitter users reacted then, paying compliments to Obilor’s natural hair.