It's 2017, you guys. There are more things to concern yourself with than other people's fashion choices, hairstyles, and body types. You would think people would focus their attention on bigger issues, and yet here we are.
A reporter in Dallas knows all too well that people still have to give their opinions on everything after a Facebook user completely went off on her choice of dress while delivering the traffic report.
Demetria Obilor has only been on the job for a few weeks, and it's probably safe to say she's riding high on landing a killer job. For one of her recent segments, Obilor wore a stunning red dress that looked great on her.
Almost immediately after the show, one viewer decided to express her comments on the outfit Obilor chose.
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."
Um...excuse me? The post has since been deleted, but not before going completely viral with over 12,000 retweets on Twitter. People were quick to jump on Jan, and also to defend Demetria. But the best response to the situation was from the reporter herself.
Demetria Oblior posted a video on Facebook, responding to the criticism about her weight.
“The controversy is coming from people who aren’t too happy with the way that I look on television … and saying, ‘Oh, her body is too big for that dress,'” she said. “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. We don’t have to put up with this. And we’re not going to."
Since going viral, Demetria has used her platform not to shame the original hater, but to vocalize the need for body positivity and acceptance.
“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 told NBC. "People are going to critique you, people are going to say mean things about you."
Unfortunately, it's not the first time the reporter has faced backlash on her appearance, with one viewer saying she doesn't think her hair can be properly cleaned.
“Just this past May, I shared a hateful, racist email I received about my hair while working on TV in Las Vegas," Demetria told BET. "It read, ‘I can’t believe hair like that can be properly cleaned and therefore must smell bad. I have to fast forward whenever she comes on.’ I've always worn my hair natural. I love my hair and it's sad to think that the hair I was born with elicits that sort of response from some people. I've been told my hair is unprofessional. I've even been told by a former manager that I talk too ‘clubby’ on TV. Like, what the hell do you mean by that?”
While it could be easy for Demetria to start a social media feud, she's not interested in that at all.
“I'm not into arguing on social media. No 'Twitter fingers' over here," she told BET. "Instead, I'm grateful that this moment has sparked a much-needed dialogue that will make life easier for younger generations. So to everyone who may be going through body shaming or any form of intolerance, just know that you are not alone. We stand as one and together we will make a change. We can't be stopped.”
You can watch her video here:
Some people have a problem with my shape and the way that I look on television. Just taking a moment to address that and show love to all of the ppl who show love to me. Including Chance The Rapper! You all are appreciated ♥️💋💯Posted by Demetria Obilor on Friday, November 3, 2017