Ginger Zee Responds to Being Body-Shamed While Pregnant
A pregnant newscaster was body-shamed by an angry viewer
News anchor, Laura Warren, was called "disgusting" by a viewer who disliked her baby bump.
The INSIDER Summary:
- Laura Warren is a news anchor for Georgia's WRWD station.
- She is also 20 weeks pregnant.
- Recently, a viewer compared her baby bump to a "watermelon" and claimed that she was being "disgusting on the TV" by wearing "too-tight outfits."
- Warren responded to the negativity on her blog, writing that she was going to turn the viewer's "negative energy into positive energy."
- Her post has since gone viral on Facebook.
It's never OK to comment on a woman's — especially a pregnant woman's — body, regardless of whether she's a public figure or not.
Laura Warren, an anchor for Georgia's WRWD, was on the receiving end of an appalling string of insults from a viewer who criticized the journalist's maternity fashion choices.
According to Warren's blog, the anchor, who's 20 weeks pregnant, received a voicemail from a female viewer who had the following to say:
"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. 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."
While the "thick-skinned journalist" part of Warren thought it would be best to delete the voicemail and move on, she couldn't bring herself to.
"I'm pregnant, hormonal, currently not allowed to drink wine and feeling extra in touch with my feminist side," the anchor claimed.
Instead, she experienced a spiral of thoughts that ranged from angry ("Did she really call a pregnant person 'disgusting'?") to self-conscious ("Do I really look disgusting? What outfit is she talking about?").
Warren's baby bump often shows while she's on camera.
Warren also expressed incredulity at the effort that the female viewer must have put in to hunt her down: The body-shaming viewer would've had to find the number of the station, call, sit through a phone tree until she heard Warren's extension, and then submit her voicemail.
Even worse, the viewer called on a day that Warren wasn't on-air, so she must've been offended by an outfit Warren wore earlier in the week.
During downtime, Warren often poses proudly with her baby bump.
Instead of letting the viewer's insults consume her, Warren chose to take the high road.
"I think 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."
We love how badass and honest Warren was in her response to the viewer. She acknowledged the negativity and how ridiculous and misplaced it was, only to choose to react to it in a positive way.
Hopefully, this will be a lesson for the body-shaming viewer and for anyone who thinks "watermelon" pregnancy curves are anything but beautiful.
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