On Wednesday, WFAA Channel 8 News traffic reporter Demetria Obilor was the target of body-shaming from a disgruntled viewer on Facebook. Now, Obilor is fighting back and she’s got the internet on her side — because sometimes, love trumps hate.
Earlier this week a woman named Jan Shedd posted a photo of Obilor and criticized her curves, saying she "looks ridiculous" in her dress. The original comment has since been deleted, but not before someone took a screenshot and posted it online. Soon after, the image went viral.
After receiving an outpouring of support on social media, Obilor addressed the controversy in a candid video posted on Twitter. “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 said in the minute-long video.
The best part? Obilor, who has only been on the job in Dallas for two weeks according to NBC, made it a point to focus on all the love she’s received in light of the hate. “To the people who show love: I love you right back,” she continued.
This isn’t the first time Obilor’s had to address hate online. Back in May, while working as a traffic reporter in Las Vegas, Obilor posted the email from a man who made a racist comment about her hair and how it "must smell bad."
The mean-spirited nature of Shedd’s comment struck a chord with everyone from Chance The Rapper to another woman in media, The View co-host, Meghan McCain. Check out some of the internet love Obilor’s received on Twitter below.
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