Don’t be publicly critical of someone on Facebook, unless you’re ready to get it right back.
Jan Shedd had strong opinions about the fashion choices of new Dallas traffic reporter Demetria Obilor, so much so that she just had to vent about it to her Facebook friends … and the rest of the world.
In the since-deleted post, Shedd said, “Has anyone seen Channel 8’s new traffic morning reporter? Her name is Demetria Obilor & she’s a size 16/18 woman in a size 6 dress and she looks ridiculous. 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 sense. I am not going to watch Channel 8 anymore.”
Demetria ”Traffic Bae” Obilor is the new traffic reporter for ABC’s WFAA in Dallas. Here’s a sample of her work, and the apparel she wears while doing it:
Somehow, Shedd’s post got the attention of Twitterer “Mother of Draggings,” who posted it along with the retort, “Jan is big mad. Don’t be like Jan,” which helped start the viral fire.
Jan is big mad. Don’t be like Jan. pic.twitter.com/ytAKJHMXBy
— Vaccinated Vixen (@fabfreshandfly) November 3, 2017
But when Chance the Rapper heard about it, the news really took off.
BIIIIIIG MAD https://t.co/E9yzWbU9m8
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) November 3, 2017
Demetria is a whole seasoned Thanksgiving meal and Jan is mad she’s a leftover tuna casserole https://t.co/SK0JiXUgz0
— Sam 💖 (@hoodcuIture) November 3, 2017
She’s big mad. And Demetria ain’t no damn size 18 lmao. https://t.co/oIGswVittn
— Cheeze #01 (@35mmPapi) November 3, 2017
Of course, race just had to become an issue, because apparently no white women would ever get criticized for her wardrobe.
This is precisely how women of color are treated in the workplace wearing the same exact shit the white girls have on. pic.twitter.com/kAhRs0zX9B
— Nik (@HoneyBadger10) November 3, 2017
The media didn’t take long to jump in. Ebony wrote, “On Wednesday, Facebook user Jan Shedd stewed in frustration over the curvaceousness of a stunning reporter. Apparently, ABC Dallas recently hired voluptuous and beautiful traffic ensemble reporter Demetria Obilor — affectionately known as #TrafficBae — and the middle-aged White woman is up in arms over it.”
On her Facebook and Twitter pages, Obilor thanked her supporters, who gave her “a whole lot of love” after the critical post.
— Demetria Obilor (@DemetriaObilor) November 3, 2017
“The controversy is coming from people who aren’t too happy with the way that I look on television saying ‘oh her body is too big for that dress’ or ‘she’s too curvy,’ said Obilor. “A quick word to those people — this is the way that I’m built, this is the way that I was born. I’m not going anywhere so if you don’t like it, you have your options.”
Jan Shedd responded to the uproar over her post by calling her critics the “racist mafia,” insisting she “didn’t even notice [the reporter] was black.”
— oh its Ebbie ♍️ (@lyfeasebbie) November 3, 2017
To which Ebony responded, “Nice try, Jan. Again, you can’t be us. Make peace with it.”
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