CBS3/CW Philly meteorologist Katie Fehlinger is pregnant with twins — which is normally a wonderful occasion as friends, family and eve perfect strangers shower congratulations on mom and her babies.
But Frhlinger has been faced hateful comments from television station viewer about her body, as she is still forecasting the weather on the local station while visibly pregnant. Apparently the sight of a pregnant woman and her pregnant belly is just too much for some insensitive viewers. As one local news outlet reports: “Some morons don’t like seeing her baby bump and have been body shaming her:
You’d think certain people had never seen a pregnant woman before. Ever since getting around the two-month mark, certain viewers have been sending insulting comments and emails to Fehlinger, including calling her a “sausage in casing.”
On Monday, a viewer emailed her on Facebook to let her know that “sticking your pregnant abdomen out like that is disgusting.” It was one nasty comment too many for Fehlinger, who’s about 35 weeks along.
Reading it, “all of a sudden, it was a like a flip switched for me,” she told me yesterday afternoon. “I just felt the need to get it off my chest.
“I just had to say something.”
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So, on Wednesday, she fired off a lengthy Facebook post aimed at her haters: “Frankly, I don’t care how ‘terrible’ or ‘inappropriate’ anyone thinks I look,” Fehlinger wrote. “I will gladly gain 50 pounds & suffer sleepless, uncomfortable nights if it means upping my chances to deliver 2 healthy baby girls.
“Now it’s about more than aesthetics. I want these babies to have the best start possible. And that hopefully means my belly that ‘looks like it’s about to explode!’ will continue to grow the next few weeks,” she added.
Sadly, this phenomenon is not new.
On March 26th, Global BC News’ chief meteorologist, Kristi Gordon, shared with her viewers that she’s been receiving hate mail from viewers criticizing her pregnant body. Gordon decided to respond to the hate mail on her Global News Blog.