Reality TV star receives huge backlash for saying, ‘Stop telling women to smile’
You should smile! You’d be so much prettier if you smiled! Smile, sweetheart! If you’re a woman who’s ever dared to walk down a city street without a beaming smile emanating from your face, you’ve probably heard these words. Why? Why do so many men demand that we smile? It’s a question one woman asked after a particularly frustrating exchange, and she’s receiving quite a backlash for it.
Whitney Way Thore is a TV personality known for her role on TLC’s reality show, My Big Fat Fabulous Life. She stopped at a gas station on her way home over the weekend, where a cashier attempted to hold her purchase hostage until she smiled for him.
“Thirty minutes ago, I stopped in a gas station for some Tylenol and gum. As soon as I walked in, the clerk said, “Hey sweetheart.” When I went to the counter to pay, he said, “You gotta give me a smile if you want this,” and hid my gum away in his hand. “No thanks,” I told him. “I’ll just have the gum.” He didn’t ring up my gum and instead grumbled under his breath and lectured me about having a bad attitude.”
She’s garnered quite a following from the show, over 350,000 Facebook fans. Over the weekend she posted the above interaction to her page, to express how frustrating situations like this can be for women — when we’re basically expected to perform for strangers.
The backlash to the post is unbelievable. It’s amazing how many people think that situations like this are “no big deal” and women should just “get over themselves.”