Traffic anchor Demetria Obilor, 26, has been on Channel 8, WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas, for just two weeks, but she’s already attracting international audiences after her clap back to body shaming went viral over the weekend.
Obilor’s response was prompted by a viewer’s critical Facebook comment about the anchor, who moved to Texas from Las Vegas for her new job in October: “Has anyone seen Channel 8’s new morning traffic reporter?,” wrote viewer Jan Shedd. “She’s a size 16/18 woman in a size 6 dress and she looks ridiculous. I understand that when I watch Channel 8 I’m going to get biased reporting and political correctness, but clearly they have taken complete leave of their senses. I’m not going to watch Channel 8 anymore.” Shedd’s post appears to have been removed, and she did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Jan’s comment was shared above a photo of Obilor by @fabfreshandfly on Twitter and retweeted by @ChanceTheRapper, who has 6.3 million followers. “Don’t be like Jan,” he wrote in defense of Obilor, who doesn’t know the rapper but is a fan.
When Obilor woke up from a nap on Friday, she learned her story had blown up. Although Demetria wears a size six or eight IRL, she wasn’t personally insulted by Jan’s mistake. “When you’re on TV, people pick you apart, and you get used to it,” she said of her thick skin. “But this isn’t about me, this is about everyone. By flippantly guessing my size, she offended a lot of people on a lot of different levels. When I saw the outpouring of support from viewers, I felt like I had to speak out on it,” she says.
So Obilor responded in a video and posted it across her social networks:
— Demetria Obilor (@DemetriaObilor) November 3, 2017
— Demetria Obilor (@DemetriaObilor) October 31, 2017
Obilor’s clap back didn’t just resonate on Facebook, where it raked in more than 319,000 views so far. Its effects also rippled across Twitter and were felt on Instagram, where more than 4,000 people have commented with supportive comments like, “Don’t let them dim your light!”