“My husband finds your appearance repulsive.”
Meteorologists go to work every day to study and analyze scientific data, then inform the general public about weather and climate patterns on-air. Female meteorologists get to do all of this and constantly receive harassment about their appearance! Because we are reliving the Dark Ages, people feel they’re completely entitled to abuse female news anchors and public figures about their body shape, clothes, and hair.
Meteorologist and new mom Carrie Duncan of WLOX in southern Mississippi recently took to her Facebook page to share a delightful email from a deranged and abusive viewer. If you’re looking for a little enlightenment on what goes on inside the brain of a truly awful human being, look no further than the inane yet impeccably mean email Duncan received.
“You will not live to see your children grow if you do not get rid of that horrid gut and huge arms.” Wow, what a peach. Since when is the size of your arms in direct proportion to your life expectancy? The viewer also went on to inform Carrie that her husband finds her “repulsive” and that her “nasty damn long hair” makes her “look fatter.” And this is just a little sampling of the steaming pile of awful insults hurled at her in this email.
Whoever you are, southern Mississippi viewer, you deserve a solid gut punch (or at least a swift neck chop). And while we’re at it, so does your husband. But Carrie handled her response gracefully, even going so far as to offer an explanation: “I am not happy with my weight right. I am tired a lot and not getting much sleep and eating poorly. I know this. I want to do better, and I know I will.”
Screw that noise, Carrie. You don’t owe anyone shit. But she does go on to make a greater point that no matter what anyone looks like, there will always be someone who has a problem with it. Because people are assholes.
“I am sharing this email I received to show you what some people have to go through,” she wrote. “It could be the thinnest person, and they’re too skinny. There are some people who are seriously unhappy. Ugly people always have something ugly to say.”
Her post has received plenty of positivity and encouragement from fellow anchors, viewers, and other mentally balanced people who would never send hate mail to their local meteorologist at 1:08 in the morning. She ended her post by inviting those who don’t like what they’re watching on TV to just go ahead and change the channel and kindly requested everyone “stop with the hate.”
If only, girl, if only. Then again if everyone mastered the public call-out like Carrie just did, we bet at least some jerks would think twice.