f you're a public figure that is seen on television, you have to expect that people are going to have an opinion about you for better or worse. And unfortunately, oftentimes it's not about how you do your job, but rather about how you look.
Someone who had to deal with that sad truth firsthand, is a meteorologist who works for the South Mississippi channel WLOX.
When Carrie Duncan returned from maternity leave she was the recipient of a nasty body-shaming email from a hater who made nasty remarks about her body, calling her “repulsive” and saying she had a,”horrid gut and huge arms.”
This disgruntled person called her an"embarrassment" to the channel, and went off on her in the long email.
But Carrie, being the class act that she is, instead shared the email on her Facebook page with this message:
“You know I shared A LOT with y’all over the past almost 15 years. I appreciate the kind words, support & genuine excitement you have had for me! I heart y’all.”
"I am not happy with my weight right now," she continued. "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."
“I appreciate the kindness you have shown to me. I am sharing this email I received to show you what some people have to go through. 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. Please think about the people you are saying these things about and to. I believe this person also sent a horrible email which I didn’t read when I was pregnant. Here’s the thing, if you don’t like something/someone on tv, change the channel. Please STOP WITH THE HATE!
Thank you! Rant over!”
Almost 5,000 people left comments of support, clearly not in agreement with someone who would send a vile message at 1 AM to a local meteorologist.
Carrie was so touched that she took to leave a follow-up comment of her own on the post.
It can be hard to find the positive when you’re struggling with something, and even more so when you’re in the public eye, so big props to Carrie for “making her mess her message.”
If more people were like her, we wouldn’t have to deal with trolls giving their unsolicited opinion to complete strangers online.
You go, girl.