News anchor hits out at trolls who said she looked 'mighty big on TV'
When many of us think of news anchors, we think of sharply dressed and good looking personalities that can easily win over audiences with their dazzling smiles. Which really is incredibly bizarre, considering these anchors are just journalists reporting on the news - a job which shouldn't be dependent on looks.
Despite this, some viewers feel the need to take to social media to comment on news anchors' appearances - attacking them for their choices of clothing and even body size. One female journalist who was the victim of such trolls is Nina Harrelson of WREG in Memphis.
The news anchor recently took to her social media pages on Sunday night to hit back at a "complete stranger" who commented on her body.
She said: "'You look mighty big on TV!' That's what a complete stranger just said to me. FYI - journalists are not models... And I can assure you, none of us want to hear your opinions on our bodies. WE ARE NOT YOUR EYE CANDY.
She followed up her tweet by saying: "Luckily, after nearly nine years in this business, I have a very thick skin. But I feel sorry for the young women breaking into news who will have to deal with that kind of criticism, which their male colleagues will almost certainly never face."
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Nina's tweets went on to generated thousands of likes, comments, and retweets, as many of her followers shared an outpouring of support with the presenter:
Per a follow-up comment on her Facebook page, Harrelson revealed that the rude remark was made in person by a man, whom she immediately called out: "The sad thing is, this guy said this to my face and was completely shocked when I told him that's insulting and not an acceptable thing to say to anyone."
Harrelson then added that the man "kind of nervously laughed and apologized".
Speaking to Yahoo Lifestyle, Harrelson revealed that this is not the first time she has had to hear these sort of remarks:
"As any woman working in TV will tell you, that comment was nothing compared to some of the nasty things people say.
"I’ve been in this business for nearly nine years, so I’ve had my fair share of body-shamers. They typically hide behind their keyboards with their fake accounts and photos, but this guy took it upon himself to share his opinion on my body to my face — as if I should be flattered that he thinks I look skinnier in person. The sad thing is, I truly believe he thought he was giving me a compliment."
Harrelson also noted that her male colleagues don't receive anywhere near the levels of criticism that she does:
"I realize that I work in an industry where my appearance will be scrutinized, and yes, I am expected to look polished and put together on air.
"But I refuse to conform to this idea that every news anchor should be a size 0, and that just because I’m in the public eye, people get a free pass to say whatever they want. Never mind the fact my male colleagues rarely, if ever, face this type of criticism. But body shamers aren’t keeping her down.“I like my body and so does my fiancé,
"People should focus on how I do my job — not my dress size."