I don’t have to tell y’all that those who can’t do, hate. And the volume and vitriol behind that hate intensifies when you do anything in the public eye.
It was Dallas traffic reporter Demetria Obilor’s turn to experience this bit of ugliness. A fan wrote into the station about a red dress Obilor was wearing. The fan did not approve.
In a since deleted post Jan Shedd wrote:
Jan is mad, chile.
Obilor, 26, has been a reporter at the station for just two weeks before she received this message. Prior to moving to Dallas, she worked in Las Vegas. She learned of Jan’s post last week Friday when someone posted a screenshot of the image on Twitter.
It’s clear that Jan doesn’t understand thickness or ethnic bodies. But really that’s besides the point. We can all read in between these lines. She believes it’s appropriate to attempt to shame people on the internet. She doesn’t like political correctness. I wouldn’t be surprised if she voted for Donald Trump.
In her response to the story, Obilor spoke to NBC News. “When you get older and you’re in the news people warn you that, ‘Hey, you’re going to under a harsh lens. People are going to critique you, people are going to say mean things about you.”
Speaking to Jan specifically, Demetria said, “I’m not a 16/18, but even if I was, for you to try to call out my size like that to hurt me or discriminate against me, I’m not for that.”
Jan’s comments weren’t the first time someone attempted to comment on her appearance. Over the summer, Obilor shared a screenshot of someone discussing her hair.
Back to Jan. Obilor didn’t respond to her directly but she didn’t have to. There were hundreds, if not thousands of people who came to her defense.
After all the support, Demetria released this video.
Demetria is gonna be alright. What Jan meant for evil, God meant for good. She’s a local news reporter and now the whole nation knows about her.
Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days” and the creator of the website NoSugarNoCreamMag. You can follow her on Facebook and on Instagram and Twitter @VDubShrug.