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TV Host Calls out Viewer for Body-Shaming Remark

Olawale Ogunjimi
Mar 09, 2020
06:30 A.M.
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Local TV Host Elizabeth Ries shares two mails she got from viewers of her show and delves into why body shaming was a harmful thing to do to people.

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TV host Elizabeth Ries took to Facebook to share two different emails she got from viewers of her show, and it was a brilliant post to read. While one mail appreciated Elizabeth’s looks, the other was derogatory and body shaming. To this second mail, Elizabeth said:

“It is not okay to body shame people.”

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The post, which was set to address the way two different viewers of her show responded to her physique, also set the ball straight for those who made it a habit to body shame people, an act she called cowardice. She also said:

“We must name it, call it out when we see it and shout from the rooftops that body shaming will not be tolerated.”

The post referred to two mails Elizabeth got after her show aired on a local TV station in Minnesota. 

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The first mail she shared was of a viewer named Julie, who appreciated Elizabeth’s body, wanted the host to share the secret to how she maintained her physique and where she got her jeans. The mail eschewed only love.

The second mail from Maggie, which she shared, was rude and derogatory as the sender expressed that she felt embarrassed for Elizabeth, who is not fit to be a model of fitness.

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Shockingly, the mail went on to advise her to wear longer shirts on her jeans to cover up her body.

Kelly Clarkson, who is not shy to call out body shamers, has been one person who punches body-shaming squarely in the face with positivity.

While it is safe to share one’s thoughts, Elizabeth suggested that before doing so, it is good to imagine how the view being shared will affect the person. 

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The TV host also expressed that while she would not spiral into depression and self-hate, she wondered how many people have spiraled into such harmful feelings because of being body shamed.

The comments section was filled with love for Elizabeth. Some encouraged her for speaking out about the issue while some gave their viewpoint on the fact that most people feel celebrities are immune to hate speeches. Someone said:

“Sometimes, I think the lashing out comes from resentment. I have heard it said that people would forgive you anything except success. Add happiness and contentment to that list.”

While some went on to insult Maggie for being aloof to the hurt people faced from being body shamed, it was Elizabeth who summed it up nicely, stating that those who body-shame others most often feel unhappy about themselves.

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It is interesting to know that nowadays, celebrities and media figures are openly facing body shamers head-on without mincing words.

Kelly Clarkson, who is not shy to call out body shamers, has been one person who punches body-shaming squarely in the face with positivity.

Kelly Clarkson on September 28, 2019 in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images

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A victim of body shaming, Kelly revealed that one thing that helps is the self-confidence she has built over the years, and she encourages others to be confident in their skin also.

Irrespective of who the person is, it is pertinent to note that body shaming affects people in various ways, and it is impressive to see people use their platforms to call out body shamers, thereby creating awareness of its effects.

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