During both of her pregnancies, Canadian meteorologist Kristi Gordon has been heavily criticized because she was apparently not wearing the right maternity clothes.
The Global BC News‘ chief meteorologist stated that when she was pregnant with her first child, she received a myriad of letters disparaging her choice in maternity clothes.
“They either thought it was too tight,” Gordon explained. “But it’s hard to not having something tight over a belly that’s sticking out like this. Or they would say, ‘I can’t believe you’re wearing horizontal stripes, you look massive’.”
So when her second pregnancy came around, she thought if she asked the viewers to be kind, they would be.
“It was horrible last time…I couldn’t do anything right when it came to clothing,” she said. “So please be easy on me. It’s not easy to find work clothes when your belly is out to there.”
She was wrong.
The plea instead resulted in even more hate mail.
One viewer wrote, “Nowhere on North America TV have we seen a weather reader so gross as you. Your front end looks like the Hindenburg and your rear end looks like a brick — fill in the blank — house. We now turn off Globel [sic].”
Another letter said “Buy some decent clothes and have more respect for your unborn child. You’re not the first pregnant woman. OMG.”
“Looser tops would look much more professional,” wrote another viewer.
“We were expecting this,” Gordon said. “This happened the last time I got pregnant. As I got bigger I started getting more and more bad notes and emails from people.”
Standing up, she showed her baby bump. “By the way, you can’t really hide something like this.”
Kristi later stated that the entire experience has taught her a valuable lesson.
“No matter how rational or confident you are, the mean things people say can have an impact,” she said. “The negative thoughts seep in when you don’t even realize it. Even a little joking comment could do some damage. Hopefully this can help us all be more aware of our impact on others.”
Haters are gonna hate, but supporters will always outweigh them.
— Nikita Lambrix (@bancinabanana) April 3, 2015
— Carolyne Jane (@jane_carolyne) March 30, 2015
Gordon also retweeted a few of her backers.
— Allison Fobar (@HplessRmantik) April 3, 2015
— Curve Communications (@CurveComms) March 27, 2015
Kristi later shared in a blog post the overwhelming support she received after revealing her hate mail.
“The result has been hundreds of emails, thousands of Facebook and Twitter messages, all saying how outraged they are at some of the feedback I’ve received.”
“For those of you emailing to say I look great and to keep my head up — THANK YOU! Please also share a kind comment to the person next to you.”
[Image via Global BC News]