A morning-show meteorologist in Canada is responding after a viewer criticized her “skin tight” maternity attire in a tweet — and now other social media users have joined in to defend her.
Kelsey McEwen, a meteorologist and host of CTV’s Your Morning, received the criticism in the form of a tweet on Tuesday morning.
McEwen graciously blocked out the user’s identity but took a screenshot of the tweet and responded: “When what a 34 week pregnant woman is wearing is what someone finds ‘disgusting’ in this world … time to check your priorities.”
Other viewers quickly came to McEwen’s defense, reassuring the host that not only is her “growing belly” the ultimate form of beauty, but also that her maternity clothes are impeccable.
McEwen thanked her supporters for their kind words and noted that, fortunately, she received few negative comments.
“But it highlights something important,” the mom-to-be expressed in a series of tweets. “Our bodies are no one’s business, pregnant or not. Self-worth is not defined by our shape, number on the scale, or size of clothing. My self worth comes down to one thing, and one thing only. ME. Compliments don’t build me up and criticisms don’t tear me down.”
“And while yes, many aspects of pregnancy can be ‘disgusting’ (hemorrhoids, peeing accidentally, gas and heartburn), my growing belly is NOT. You know what IS disgusting? Hate. Racism. Terrorism. Bullying.”
She concluded: “Use your time today to share the love. Because there are enough Trumps and trolls out there doing the opposite. End rant.”
McEwen, unfortunately, is not the first woman and TV news personality to get criticized for her appearance. In fact, a pregnant news anchor in Georgia, Laura Warren, was called “disgusting” by a viewer recently — as was a Philadelphia meteorologist years before, as she worked on television throughout her pregnancy with twins, and eventually spoke out about the relentless bullying through a 2015 Facebook post. Other anchors have spoken out about getting raked over the coals for sundry other visual offenses: wearing revealing wardrobes, slathering on too much makeup, repeating outfits, and gaining “too much weight.”
McEwen briefly discussed the issue with her cohosts on Your Morning during their daily news roundtable.
She acknowledged that she has been flooded with compliments and beautiful messages from viewers who are just as excited as she is about the pregnancy.
“I’m a firm believer that my body and your body is no one’s business but your own,” McEwen said. “Your body is not for anyone to talk about — whether they’re talking about your pregnant shape or they’re talking about your athleticism or your hair color or your skin color. It is not anyone else’s business but your own.”
“When we dive into these discussions about only complimenting or only criticizing other people, we detract from so much more. We are one human race, we are one people, and when all we can talk about is our worth based on attractiveness … we just set ourselves up to fail time and time again.”
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