Stay Mad: Social Media Defends News Traffic Reporter After Upset Viewers Body Shame Her

A news anchor from Dallas recently had to deal with some sad individuals who only feel brave behind a computer screen. News traffic reporter Demetria Obilor was criticized because of how her body type and hair appeared on television. One specific hater said that the dresses she wore weren’t appropriate for body type and that her naturally curly hair was “unprofessional”. News flash, the body she was born in shouldn’t define her workability, and its something she shouldn’t have to apologize for. 

via NYDN:

“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 now-deleted post.

“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.”

The post went viral after it was shared by Twitter user Mother of Draggings, who wrote: “Jan is big mad. Don’t be like Jan.” 

Obilor’s story even got more attention when rapper Chance the Rapper chimed in.

“BIIIIIIG MAD,” he wrote, referring to Shedd.


Several other users felt Shedd was being racist with her commentary.

“This is precisely how women of color are treated in the workplace wearing the same exact s–t white girls have on,” a user wrote on Twitter, along with a screengrab of Shedd’s post.

The Texas woman later claimed she was attacked by the “racist mafia” after making her Facebook post — which she declared had nothing to do with race.

“Frankly, I didn’t even notice that she was black. I was shocked that Channel 8 would put someone on the air that dressed so provocatively,” Shedd wrote, according to Ebony.


“The racist mafia did not appreciate the criticism and now they are harassing me.”

Her attempt to defend herself did not go over well with pretty much anyone, who claimed it was impossible for her not to “notice” Obilor was black.

Obilor shared a video on Friday addressing the “haters.”

“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.

“Now, to the people who show love: I love you right back”

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