A Missouri meteorologist is making headlines for delivering more than just the daily forecast.
Tracy Hinson, a reporter with KSDK News in St. Louis, Mo. took to social media after a viewer recommended she wear a “girdle” to cover her stomach “bulge.”
Hinson shared a screencap of the message she received from the woman she calls “Mary” which read, “Do you ever watch yourself giving the weather report? Seems that you need a girdle for the stomach overhang which shortens the front of your dresses. Today was not the first time I have noticed this. Maybe you should wear a top that covers the bulge in your stomach.”
Dear Mary, yes I do watch my air checks. NO I will not be strapping myself into a girdle because you don’t like my belly. I like pasta, bread and cheese too much to obsess over my weight. I like my body and that’s all that really matters. ❤️ Tracy #nomorefatshaming pic.twitter.com/awQ0Rh7qMd— Tracy Hinson (@tvalwx) October 12, 2019
The meteorologist took to Twitter to shut down her critic.
“Dear Mary, yes I do watch my air checks. NO I will not be strapping myself into a girdle because you don’t like my belly. I like pasta, bread and cheese too much to obsess over my weight,” she wrote. “I like my body and that’s all that really matters. Love Tracy #NoMoreFatShaming.”
Hinson’s tweet immediately went viral, receiving more than 21,000 likes and thousands of messages of support for calling out body shaming.
“How sad that it’s 2019 and there’s still this ‘perfect’ image standard for females and not for men,” one male follower wrote. “Live your life and be proud.”
Dear Tracy, I don't know you, nor have I ever seen you on TV. But this tweet has spread beyond your market and I just want you to know that I hope you meant this deep inside and you change nothing. Thank you for this and props to you. I think you are beautiful. Be you.— Anita Hurst (@AHurst927) October 13, 2019
“Bet Mary doesn’t have the balls to post her own photo,” another person wrote. “I think you look amazing. I had pasta twice this week, and in honour of Mary, I’m going to go make some spaghetti with butter.”
Mary, it’s really easy to criticize from behind a screen, isn’t it? Perhaps you should focus on Tracy’s accurate forecast and delightful demeanor. Tracy- you are gorgeous. You eat all of the mac and cheese you want😘— Suzie Herman (@Scanoozle) October 13, 2019
I love the positive side you are taking with this, and it can't be easy. You are gorgeous and we women need to stick together and build each other up...what purpose does it serve to tear each other down???? May Santa bring you copious amounts of the #bluebox this year :)— RachelJacobs (@rachelkyle0402) October 17, 2019
Hinson took the hurtful comment in stride, sharing a photo of her macaroni and cheese dinner to Twitter with the caption, “Few things in life are more beautiful than this sight right here.”
Hinson’s fiancé, Garry Frank, a meteorologist in Kansas City, Mo., also took to social media to condemn the hate she received and issued a warning to any future trolls.
“She did not just get one of these comments but several of them, mostly from women!” Frank wrote. “Just remember, your comment goes to someone’s fiancé, daughter, sister, mother, etc every time you say something. We see them all! And yes...we will both eat Mac and Cheese and pumpkin.”
The widespread attention she has received has reaffirmed her faith in kindness over negativity. Hinson wrote her followers, “I am so optimistic that future generations will value a positive body image and curb bullying across all age groups. #No More Bullies #WeCanDoThis.”