“I’m pregnant, hormonal, currently not allowed to drink wine, and feeling extra in touch with my feminist side.” That’s what 27-year-old reporter, Laura Warren of Augusta, Georgia wrote on her personal blog after a TV viewer left her a scathing voicemail about her appearance. Talk about body shaming at its very worst.
Apparently Warren’s maternity clothing choice isn’t in line with what this one viewer thinks pregnant women should wear while their bodies grow, change, AND GROW A NEW LIFE. In a brief voicemail the viewer exclaimed, “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.”
I know, your mouth is gaping open just like mine. The gaul!
And, in case this viewer was curious, Target’s maternity line praises the pregnant form with many bump accentuating pieces. I should know, I’ve bought and proudly worn plenty throughout my current pregnancy.
But that’s besides the point. And Warren writes just that on her blog. There, and in conversation with ABC news she shares what is most important in all this.
She penned, ” … that whole saying our moms taught us about sticks and stones is kind of garbage. In fact, sometimes, I think words hurt far worse than sticks. And right now, we are living in a culture tolerating, often even encouraging bullies. Politicians, angry Democrats and Republicans, anonymous keyboard warriors, social media bullies….How do we teach our kids to be kind when adults all around them can say such cruel things?”
Her answer? Be kind. Be extra, overly, genuinely kind. All the time. Practice it ourselves and encourage our children to follow suite.
Although this one negative comment did rock her emotions, Warren isn’t modifying her on-air outfits. In fact, I can almost guarantee that she’ll be reporting with confidence throughout the remainder of her pregnancy thanks to all the love she has received.
You can give her a boost too! Here is her Instagram!