We are in 2019, yet body-shaming is a reality we still fight. Haters and trollers find it easy to comment on someone’s appearance and probably feel liberated and happy with their act. But it might leave someone heartbroken and have a huge impact on their mental health. It might seem that the society has moved past fat-shaming with #selflove taking over everyone’s Instagram accounts, but the reality isn’t as pleasing.
In a shocking incident, a news presenter was body-shamed by a viewer for her visible ‘stomach bulge’. According to News18, the reporter is Tracy Hinson, a local weather reporter at KSDK in St Louis, Missouri. A viewer identified as Mary told Tracy that she should “wear a top that covers the bulge” in her stomach. “Do you ever watch yourself giving the weather report? Seems that you need a girdle for the stomach overhang which shortens the front of your dresses,” Mary allegedly wrote to Tracy.
But Tracy proved that although body-shaming isn’t cool, one shouldn’t let trolls rain on their parade. Tracy took to social media and took Mary down in a very dignified manner and wrote on her tweet, “I like pasta, bread and cheese too much to obsess over my weight. I like my body and that’s all that really matters.”
Dear Mary, yes I do watch my air checks. NO I will not be strapping myself into a girdle because you don’t like my belly. I like pasta, bread and cheese too much to obsess over my weight. I like my body and that’s all that really matters. ❤️ Tracy #nomorefatshaming pic.twitter.com/awQ0Rh7qMd
— Tracy Hinson (@tvalwx) October 12, 2019
The internet applauded Tracy for giving a befitting reply to Mary.
You are absolutely stunning! I’m so glad you stood up for yourself and rose above 💕👏
— Jenn Sullivan (@JennSullivanTV) October 12, 2019
So sorry someone would take time out of their day to write such a disgusting message! 😤 you’re amazing! ❤️
— Ashley M. Cole (@AshleyMColeNews) October 12, 2019
Wow, where to start with Mary…. antisocial media strikes again. Completely Untrue and totally unkind. You took the high road (which is better than I prob would’ve done!)
— Rob Mayeda (@RobMayeda) October 12, 2019
Dear Tracy, I don't know you, nor have I ever seen you on TV. But this tweet has spread beyond your market and I just want you to know that I hope you meant this deep inside and you change nothing. Thank you for this and props to you. I think you are beautiful. Be you.
— Anita Hurst (@AHurst927) October 13, 2019
Hey, Mary.. pic.twitter.com/W4z6He6yZZ
— Amy Peterson (@amypstl) October 12, 2019
You go girl! You have been a wonderful addition to @ksdknews!
— JoAnn Marty (@jmartymom) October 12, 2019
Tracy, you are an adorable young woman. Don't change a thing.
— John Feltner (@stymiebossman) October 16, 2019
Girl! If I could look that awesome🙌🏻. You are beautiful as you are. Pay no mind to such absurdity
— Pam Lollar (@wardenlollar) October 15, 2019
On behalf of this Mary (who needs more than a girdle to control her tummy), thanks for the awesome response. I've finally come to love my body and am so tired of the fat-shamers. You rock!! pic.twitter.com/Jyb1K8II17
— I❤MyCatcherBoys 🗝💥 // 🏳️🌈 (@maryb889) October 13, 2019
You are awesome and beautiful inside and out Tracy! 😘
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) October 18, 2019
Body shaming is not cool and neither are the people who think it is okay to comment on someone’s appearance anonymously using finsta.
— Tracy Hinson (@tvalwx) October 17, 2019
More power to you, Tracy.