Fighting back

TV reporter responds on-air to viewer who told her to “lose weight”


Marcella Raymond, a broadcaster who has worked for Chicago TV station WGN for the last 18 years, recently posted a rude and anonymous note sent to her by a viewer via Facebook telling her that although she is an “excellent reporter,” she had “gained too much weight.” The viewer went on to suggest that their “concern” merely was with not wanting Raymond to lose her job for “not keeping [her] house in order.”

Raymond responded in a segment on WGN, telling the anonymous writer: “I’m 50-years old, and I’m not going to look like I did when I was 23,” adding that she has more important things to do than trying to compete with younger women. “Our main job is not to wear a swimsuit or to look like a beauty queen. Our main job is to deliver the news in the best way we can,” she said. “It’s not about being the prettiest girl on TV.”

“Why are you contacting me out of ‘concern,’ and basically telling me that I’m going to lose my job because I’m fat,” Raymond said during the segment. “It’s unbelievable to me in this day and age, and maybe we haven’t evolved as much as I’d like to think.” Raymond said she does not need anyone else pointing out her flaws, and while she could have just as easily not given the letter writer any attention, she wanted to make a statement against body-shaming. “To me it’s fine, it didn’t really bother me, it just made me mad, I didn’t take it personally,” Raymond said. “But to a little kid, they’re going to take it personally. So we need to stop that. We need it to end.”

Read the full story at People.

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