A Black Dallas traffic reporter, Demetria Obilor, recently faced some harsh backlash from a viewer who found her body too curvy for her attire.
Not only did the viewer, we now know to be Jan Shedd, not approve she took to social media to screenshotted an image of Obilor and shared on her Facebook page adding,
“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 six dress and she looks ridiculous,” Shedd wrote in the public post. “I understand that when I watch Channel 8 I’m going to get biased reporting and political correctness, but clearly they have taken leave of their senses. I’m not going to watch Channel 8 anymore.”
It didn’t take long before the image began circulating on social media, receiving thousands of shares. So much so, many felt the need to come to the reporter’s defense.
In fact, celebrities including Chicago artist, Chance the Rapper chimed in defending Obilor as well.
After a defender tweeted, “Jan is big mad. Don’t be like Jan,” it was the rapper who retweeted the comment adding. “BIIIIIIG MAD,”
Obilor later shared her own thoughts, thanking the rapper, her fans and new ones she had acquired after Shedd’s criticism of her figure.
In a video shared on her social media pages, Obilor stated,
“A quick word to those people. This is the way that I’m built. This is the way that I was born. I’m not going anywhere, so if you don’t like it, you have your options.”
“Now, to the people who show love, I love you right back. You know when you look a little different, people think it’s okay to talk to you a little different,” she continued. “And I’m on TV, I can’t clap back how I want to clap back all the time, so I’m always taken aback and forever grateful for everybody, people I don’t even know, who come to my defense, stand next to me and say, ‘You know what, Demetria, you don’t have to put up with this.’ And I love you for that.”
We think Demetria looks beautiful and this is exactly why it is important for women, curvy or small, especially women of color to be represented and be given a platform for people to see diverse figures and appearances.
Thank you, Demetria, for being such a class act. Our Black bodies are ours and we don’t need you, Jan, or anyone else’s approval for how we ought to look and feel about it.
What are your thoughts BWIM fam?