An angry viewer of Channel 8 in Dallas News, Jan Shedd took to Facebook to call out the show’s new traffic reporter, Demetria Obilor, who she said was a “size 16/18 woman in a size 6 dress.”
“Has anyone seen Channel 8’s new morning traffic reporter? Her name is Demetria Obilor & she’s a size 16/18 woman in a size six dress and she looks ridiculous,” Shedd wrote in the now-deleted post.
“I understand that when I watch Channel 8 I’m going to get biased reporting and political correctness, but clearly they have taken complete leave of their senses. I’m not going to watch Channel 8 anymore.”
The post ended up going viral after it was shared by Twitter user Mother of Draggings, who wrote: “Jan is big mad. Don’t be like Jan.”
Jan is big mad. Don’t be like Jan. pic.twitter.com/ytAKJHMXBy
— Mother of Draggings (@fabfreshandfly) November 3, 2017
The post got more attention when rapper Chance the Rapper chimed in.
“BIIIIIIG MAD,” he wrote, referring to Shedd.
BIIIIIIG MAD https://t.co/E9yzWbU9m8
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) November 3, 2017
“This is precisely how women of color are treated in the workplace wearing the same exact s–t white girls have on,” a user wrote on Twitter, along with a screenshot of Shedd’s post.
Shedd later claimed she was attacked by the “racist mafia” after making her Facebook post — which she insisted had nothing to do with race.
“Frankly, I didn’t even notice that she was black. I was shocked that Channel 8 would put someone on the air that dressed so provocatively,” Shedd wrote, according to Ebony.
Obilor shared a video on Friday addressing the “haters.”
“This is the way that I’m built. This is the way I was born. I’m not going anywhere, so if you don’t like it, you have your options,” she said.
“Now, to the people who show love: I love you right back”
— Demetria Obilor (@DemetriaObilor) November 3, 2017
This isn’t the first time Obilor has been attacked over her looks. Over the summer, while a traffic reporter in Las Vegas, she shared a screenshot of an email from a viewer who said her natural hairstyle must be hard to clean and “smell bad.”
Here’s one of the racist, hateful emails I’ve received for rocking my natural hair on TV. pic.twitter.com/oA8L6gYCyw
— Demetria Obilor (@DemetriaObilor) May 25, 2017
Obilor, whose mother is white and father is Nigerian, said some people must accept that we now live in a time where styles and body types once rarely seen in media are now being embraced.
“Black people on TV; there’s nothing wrong with that,” she said. “Naturally, curly hair — I don’t care if a black woman wants to wear her hair straight or in braids, you don’t get to say what’s professional and what’s not professional based on your white standard of beauty.”
Obilor said her news colleagues have been supportive of her. NBC News reached out to WFAA Channel 8 News but has not received a response.