Our friend Fiona from FOX 4 shared with us an email that she had received from a viewer. She is a beautiful and sweet woman who is exactly as you see on television. The content of the email was a shocking commentary on her appearance.
Here’s the email:
My boyfriend says you’ve gained weight.
I tried to explain to him it’s just what you were [sic] but he still says you’re not the same Fiona, now he’s callin you fat Fiona.
He’s said it’s like Shrek, she was skinny & pretty, then she turned into the ogre.
So, the whole reason for this e-mail is to tell you he said, ” DON’T WEAR THAT RED DRESS ANYMORE.”
We shared this because it shows a sort of negative underbelly of our current society. When did it become okay to comment on a person’s weight? Not only that, what gives a person the right to be as nasty as possible in making that comment.
This morning, Julie shared about a friend who participates in steampunk cosplay at conventions. She has a voluptuous figure that is accentuated by her costumes. Someone taking a picture made a point to say that it’s great that a “big girl” can be beautiful. Why did that person need to qualify her beauty as a “big girl” and not just be a beautiful woman?
While being a public figure opens one up to comments that run the gambit from complimentary to complaint, but it doesn’t give anyone a free pass to make rude, disrespectful, or discriminatory comments.
Let us know what you think in the comments below.