Haters gonna hate. To some degree, that's par for the course for any media personality. Still, hating on a pregnant woman who tells you the weather forecast? That's hitting a record low, as Global News meteorologist Kristi Gordon found out.
Even though she pleaded with viewers early on in her second pregnancy to "be nice" about her maternity wardrobe, that didn't stop several viewers from sending her hate mail.
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"Nowhere on North America TV have we seen a weather reader so gross as you," read Gordon. "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]."
"Buy some decent clothes and have some respect for your unborn child," read another letter. "You're not the first pregnant woman. OMG." Others commented that Gordon should wear "looser tops."
Notwithstanding the fact that one of the haters couldn't even spell Global, making their own ignorance the laughingstock of the network, Gordon admitted that on some level the words still hurt.
The fact that Gordon received not one but several hateful missives illustrates that this is not the work of one random crazy, but a collective, ingrained disgust with the pregnant form.
Anyone who has carried a baby to term knows there is no disguising a substantial bump in those final weeks. And why should they? After all, pregnancy is beautiful. Have some respect for the unborn child, indeed.
How is what a meteorologist is wearing anyone's business, anyway? Since when did telling the weather become a fashion parade? The blue screen is not a catwalk. Do male meteorologists face the same criticism for wearing an ugly tie on air? I should hope not.
Of course TV hosts should make valiant efforts to look presentable, but what's up with this expectation for female meteorologists to look and dress like supermodels?
Gordon is a skilled professional, after all, with two science degrees. She can wear a paper bag for all I care. She's reporting on the weather, not Fashion Week.