Memphis News Anchor Calls Out ‘Stranger’ Who Body-Shamed Her
Everyone is a critic and female journalists are constantly judged on their looks opposed to the work they’re doing.
The latest incident includes a Tennessee news anchor, Nina Harrelson. She was body-shamed by a “complete stranger” last week.
The Memphis WREG anchor spoke out about the incident on social media after a man approached her and told her she looked “mighty big on TV!”
Harrelson has been a journalist for nine years, wrote about it on Facebook and shared how often she gets remarks on her physique since working in the public eye – remarks that she claims her male counterparts rarely ever receive.
“‘You look mighty big on TV!’ That’s what a complete stranger just said to me,” she wrote. “FYI – journalists are not models … And I can assure you, none of us want to hear your opinions on our bodies.”
"You look mighty big on TV!" That's what a complete stranger just said to me. FYI – journalists are not models……
“WE ARE NOT YOUR EYE CANDY,” she continued. “Luckily, after nearly nine years in this business, I have a very thick skin. But I feel sorry for the young women breaking into news who will have to deal with that kind of criticism, which their male colleagues will almost certainly never face.”
She addressed the man’s reaction in another post saying, “The sad thing is, this guy said this to my face and was completely shocked when I told him that’s insulting and not an acceptable thing to say to anyone,” Harrelson wrote. The man “kind of nervously laughed and apologized,” she shared.
Harrelson told Yahoo Lifestyle “I like my body and so does my fiancé.” She continued, “people should focus on how I do my job — not my dress size.”
Those on social media applauded the anchor for speaking out against the comments made about her weight. Harrelson was surprised of the response she got as she wrote, “I never expected this kind of response when I posted about this encounter earlier today, but if it makes even one person think twice about the things they say – or type – to women in the public eye, then I’m glad I called it out.”