Boycotting the News Over a Plus Size Reporter?

Demetria Obilor is a recently hired reporter for ABC Dallas.

White Lady Boycotts News Station Because New Reporter Is Thick AF And She Ain’t

Purported viewer Jan Shedd took to Twitter to throw a tantrum:

“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. “

Let’s get some shit settled immediately:

I don’t know what size Ms. Obilor is and I don’t care, she is wearing the hell out of that dress. It looks like it was literally made for her. I would support her if she wanted to wear that dress every single day.

As always, you can see someone’s true meaning by replacing “political correctness” with “treating people with respect.” Apparently ABC news treating people with respect is something to which Jan also objects.

Notice that Jan was willing to watch the news despite “biased reporting” but a plus size Black reporter is a deal breaker for her. WTF Jan?

And in a world that is built on systemic racism, we have to be clear that this could be intersectional oppression – that it is likely to include both the reporters size, and her race. Especially when women who are thin and white aren’t facing the same criticism for the same behavior:


AINSLEY EARHARDT, Fox News, FOX & Friends First , Weekdays 5AM
Ainsley Earhardt of Fox and Friends

As Ebony reported, people were all over this nonsense on Twitter, and Ms. Obilar posted a video to Twitter thanking people for their support:

If you find yourself upset about how a reporter looks, that’s an opportunity to examine your own biases, not to take to Twitter so that you can advertise them.

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6 thoughts on “Boycotting the News Over a Plus Size Reporter?

  1. This really pisses me off. It’s one thing for us Las Vegans to lose a fantastic traffic reporter, but then for some Texan to be mean to her is unacceptable. She’s a great person and a great newscaster, and that’s all that matters. (And she totally rocks whatever she wears).

  2. Hey, has it actually become politically correct not to expect un-thin women to hide away, or at the very least wear Apologetic Fat Clothes? Because that’s what I’m getting from this: Jan Shedd wants a woman who is not thin to shroud her body in Apologetic Fat Clothes or ideally to take a job where Jan Shedd doesn’t have to look at her. Because bigot.

    Man, I wish it were part of the zeitgeist to for the majority to push back constantly against people who don’t want us fat folks to exist in public or have nice things. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful world.

    Also, Demetria Obilor is rocking that tailored yellow dress.

    1. I repeat: fatphobes’ idea of a fair world is one where anything they want to do to or about us is legal, and where we are kept invisible and unobtrusive until they want to do it. This is the third story in a relatively recent time span in which some fatphobe wrote a tearful letter/post about how they said to a manager, “Pardon me, but I notice you have a fat person working here, and as someone who does not approve of the existence of fat people, I demand you fire them immediately,” and the manager “oppressed” them by refusing, and now they fear further “oppression” in the form of people thinking the manager was right and they were wrong. That’s the state of mind they’re in where they look at a world where government is waging an open broad-daylight “War on Obesity” against its own citizens and see bias in the targeted citizens’ *favor.*

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