News Anchor Teaches Everyone a Lesson After a Viewer Complained About Her Body

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As a news anchor, you're broadcast on live television in order to inform your community of the latest news and happenings. But some people seem to miss that point, and instead focus on criticizing and judging anchors' bodies. This recently happened to ABC Dallas news anchor Demetria Obilor, but she took it as a moment to remind us all to embrace our differences.

  • A viewer recently complained about Obilor in a Facebook post, and by complain, we mean straight-up body-shame.

    As a result of her somehow feeling so uncomfortable by Obilor's clothing choices, the viewer declared that she would stop watching Channel 8.

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  • People were quick to defend Obilor, saying that not only does she always looks rocking, but no one has any right to comment on someone else's body.

    "Just read about this," someone else tweeted, saying that the criticizing viewer is "everything that's wrong about women shaming women," and that "real women come in all sizes."


  • Some people also took the viewer's comment as being racist toward Obiler.

  • After being roasted, the viewer tried to defend herself, saying she wasn't hating on Obilor for being black, but for wearing "provocative clothing."

  • In an unapologetic video on Twitter, Obilor addressed the hater, saying that this is who she is and people just need to accept it.

    "This is the way that I'm built, this is the way that I'm born, I'm not going anywhere, so if you don't like it, you have your options," she said in the video.

    This isn't the first time Obilor has been criticized for her size or for having natural hair -- i.e., basically not fitting into a certain image that some people believe news anchors should look like. Previously, before working at ABC Dallas, Obilor was a traffic reporter in Las Vegas when someone said her natural hairstyle was dirty and "must smell bad," and that they'll "have to fast-forward whenever she comes on," according to NBC News.

    "When you look a little different, people think it's okay to talk to you a little different," she continued in the video.

  • Obilor thinks that this is a shining example of how it's about time for people's standards of beauty to change.

    "It's about what's acceptable in society, and how we, as people in the media, we have to make things right," she told NBC News. 

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