Today in infuriating news that will make you want to scream: a pregnant news anchor was actually called “disgusting” by a viewer who watched her local news segment earlier this month. Yep, that happened. Luckily, the reporter had a pretty epic clap back – one that deserves a round of applause.
Laura Warren, anchor for Augusta, Georgia’s WRWD, took to her personal blog ” Bump, Baby, and Breaking News” to share her story. In the post, Warren explained that she listened to a “viewer voicemail” on July 3 from a woman who decided to berate Warren’s appearance. “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,” the woman’s message said. “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.”
Warren, who is 20 weeks pregnant, explained that she’s typically a “thick-skinned journalist” who doesn’t let comments like this get to her. But this one understandably stung, and she described her range of thoughts and emotions after hearing the message. “Do I really look disgusting? What outfit is she talking about?” the reporter wondered, adding: “Oh crap, am I tearing up at my desk? NOT here. And, NOT over this. This lady doesn’t deserve to get a rise out of me.”
The anchor noted that pregnancy can already be such a sensitive time, and comments on one’s body certainly don’t help. “Being pregnant is already one of the most emotional, insecure times of your life,” Warren said in her blog, sharing some of her insecurities about weight gain, bump size, and acne. And she’s right; we shouldn’t comment on people’s bodies in general, pregnant people’s bodies included.
But Warren also shared that she channeled her hurt feelings into a renewed sense of determination, noting that bullying of any kind – whether online, in politics, or on the playground – should not be tolerated. “Instead of letting this lady get me down, I’m just going to turn her negative energy into positive energy,” she wrote. “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.” Warren has the right attitude, and makes a valuable point: At the end of the day, we could all be just a little kinder to one another.
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