Body shaming

Pregnant newscaster speaks up after viewer leaves voicemail calling her body ‘disgusting’

Laura Warren (Facebook)

A blog post by 27-year-old Laura Warren, a news anchor in Augusta, Georgia, has gone viral after the reporter shared a voicemail, which can be heard here, that she’d received from a viewer. The cruel woman caller told Warren that her pregnant body was “disgusting” to see on TV.

“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 caller told Warren. “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.”

In Warren’s blog post, she admitted that she was unable to “stop thinking” about the call.

“Do I really look disgusting? What outfit is she talking about? Why did she call on Friday, I wasn’t even working Friday … did she boil over this all week and wait until I was off to leave me a voicemail?” wrote Warren. “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. Does she know that I’m wearing maternity clothes? What does she want me to wear, a moo moo from the 50s? Does she know this is 2017? WHY DID SHE CALL ME?! And, why can I not stop thinking about this?!”

In wake of the call, Warren told ABC News, she had gone through the station’s archives to review her past outfits, but had been unable to find any that could have been construed as offensive. Fortunately, Warren added that she had received a veritable flood of positive and supportive responses in response to her post. The experience, she said, was a good lesson on “how easy it is for us all to hang on and dwell on that one negative comment, instead of a whole sea of positive ones.”

“I think the reason I’ve received such kind feedback is because it struck a nerve with so many women who have felt these same insecurities,” Warren explained to ABC News. “And, not just women. Husbands, fathers, friends, and family of women who have been pregnant and received some sort of criticism about their looks.”

Read the full story at Yahoo News.


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