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Canadian TV Anchor Responds to Body-Shaming Email On Air

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People are applauding a Canadian television traffic anchor who paused her broadcast long enough to address a body-shaming email.

Global News anchor Leslie Horton gained public support this week when she reacted to a body-shaming email on live TV. The traffic anchor paused her broadcast long enough to mention the message she received from a viewer.

“I’m just going to respond to an email that I just got saying, ‘Congratulations on your pregnancy; if you’re going to wear old bus driver pants, you have to expect emails like this,’” Horton said.

It’s how she handled the troll that earned her admiration: “No, I’m not pregnant. I actually lost my uterus to cancer last year, and this is what women of my age look like. So, if it’s offensive to you, that is unfortunate,” she said.

But it was her last line that brought the response to a perfect close: “Think about the emails you send.”

I’m not sure what would motivate someone to send so nasty a message to someone. I know, keyboard warriors think they can lash out any way they want. A body-shaming email, a hateful comment, a mean-spirited slur, they’re all waiting to be unleashed at any moment from a troll’s little toolbox.

How much thinking should one have to do before it would dawn on them that such an email is unnecessary?

Then there’s that line about her pants: If she’s going to wear pants like that, she should expect that kind of email. That’s essentially an admission of guilt and an acknowledgement of the writer not giving a damn about being guilty all in one.

What a horrible human being.

The one thing that actually surprises me is one detail in the Global News story about the moment: it mentions the email came from a male viewer.

I’ve worked in television for more than thirty years. I’ve seen plenty of mean-spirited emails directed at talent. But I see that the majority of the time, a body-shaming email sent to a woman usually comes from a woman. It surprises me because women tend to be more objectified. You would think that other women would at least go easier on each other. That is often not the case.

In this case, in fact, Horton said this same man has sent similar emails for the past four years “on a pretty consistent basis.”

She took the high road by not naming him on the air. Although it’s possible he didn’t sign the email with his real name (or any at all). After all, most people who do things like this don’t have the guts to leave their real name.

But maybe it’s time that this one gets a dose of his own medicine. I generally don’t wish bad things on people…even on people I don’t care for. But a case like this is one in which I wouldn’t mind seeing karma do its thing with this one.

Karma, like that keyboard warrior, never thinks about what it sends.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.