Pregnant News Anchor Fires Back at Viewer Who Called Her Body 'Disgusting'

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Each job has its own workplace hazards -- this we know. While a TV news anchor might appear to have a cushy gig sitting behind a desk reading the latest developing story, that's not exactly the case. Take, for example, this pregnant news anchor in Georgia who received a scathing voicemail from a viewer -- not for her performance on the newscast, but for her maternity attire.

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That's right, anchor Laura Warren was chastised for not wearing what the caller deemed "appropriate" pregnancy attire.

Can I get a collective WTF?

The caller's message goes like this: "Please go to Target and buy some decent maternity clothes so you don't walk around looking like you got a watermelon strapped under your too tight outfits. Target's got a great line of maternity clothes in case you've never heard of such a thing. You're getting to where you're being disgusting on the TV."

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If your blood is boiling as mightily as mine is by the very idea that someone would leave such a horrendous message, wait until you hear the actual voicemail. It is positively infuriating.

As if pregnant women (and, let's face it, women in general) don't have enough to worry about in terms of judgmental busybodies, now they're supposed to conform to one specific style of dress? And if they don't, it's acceptable to dish out insults and criticism from behind an anonymous facade?

I don't think so. And neither does Laura Warren. She took to her Facebook page to share a poignant blog post about her reaction to the voicemail, titled "Week 20: Sticks and stones."

The blog post (which you can read in full here) will hit home for many, pregnant or not, who are not only sick of being judged, but also concerned about why the opinion of someone so savage could have such a negative effect.

"I consider myself a confident, pretty secure, independent woman. Why was I letting this one ridiculous, negative comment ruin my whole day?" Laura writes. "I've gotten dozens of compliments from viewers saying nice things about my pregnancy, why was this the one that stuck?"

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Laura Warren/Facebook

So what's the deal? Why do we care so much about haters? Unfortunately, Laura admits in her post that she doesn't have the answer:

"If I did [have the answer], I could probably solve the world's bullying problem. But, that whole saying our moms taught us about sticks and stones is kind of garbage. In fact, sometimes, I think words hurt far worse than sticks. And right now, we are living in a culture tolerating, often even encouraging bullies. Politicians, angry Democrats and Republicans, anonymous keyboard warriors, social media bullies ... How do we teach our kids to be kind when adults all around them can say such cruel things?"

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Laura says she's concerned about protecting her unborn child from this kind of negativity when he is no longer in the confines of her womb and is out there in the real world.

"So, I think instead of letting this lady get me down, I'm just going to turn her negative energy into positive energy," she writes. "I'm going to say as many nice things as I can to as many people as I can, and I'm going to do it in a dress that fits these beautiful new curves with my 'watermelon' stomach showing."

In turn, hundreds of viewers are rallying to Laura's defense, sharing encouraging words for the mom-to-be.

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Now if we could all just learn to speak kindly to one another and nix the unnecessary and downright cruel commentary, we'd all be in a better place -- for both ourselves and our kids.

Haters gonna hate, but that doesn't mean we have to give them undeserved power.

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