Dallas Traffic Anchor Demetria Obilor Is Now Extra Internet Famous After Masterfully Handling A Viewer’s Criticism Of Her Looks On Social Media.
Women on television are constantly policed and scrutinized about their bodies — and especially if they are women of color.
WFAA traffic anchor Demetria Obilor experienced that much firsthand last week as she found her appearance criticized in a Facebook post by a viewer who had seen her on TV and couldn’t handle what she’d watched:
Shedd’s post is pretty much a perfect example of internalized misogyny and how poorly women are still treated in 2017. But more than sexist, the criticism lobbied Obilor’s way was also racist: In the comments of Shedd’s post, the anchor’s hair, clothing and body type were all slammed.
Fortunately, so too were Shedd’s words, which were quickly panned by news outlets and celebrities lending Obilor their support, among them Chance the Rapper:
BIIIIIIG MAD https://t.co/E9yzWbU9m8
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) November 3, 2017
Obilor, for her part, took all this in stride and posted a video on Twitter where she addressed the situation:
— Demetria Obilor (@DemetriaObilor) November 3, 2017
“This is the way that I’m built” Obilor says in the Twitter video. “This is the way that I was born. I’m not going anywhere, so if you don’t like it, you have your options.”
Obilor really didn’t owe anyone an explanation or justification for her body type or her wardrobe, but her tactful response stills serves as a fine example of how to handle criticism from bigoted idiots in 2017.
Another lesson to be gleaned from this situation? Unless you wanna get put on blast, maybe think twice before criticizing people’s appearances on social media. In other words: Don’t start no shit, won’t be no shit.
But also? Ugh, just be a better person, damn.
Images via Demetria Obilor’s Facebook Page.