Video: A Young Woman Being Verbally Attacked And Called Fat By A Church Leader Is Going Viral On Twitter
The sense of entitlement that many people hold and believe they can use to shame and police women’s bodies is ceaseless. From airlines kicking women of color off of planes for what they wear to school teachers shaming their students for wearing clothing that might affect boys, it seems women cannot get a break in even the most unassuming spheres of their lives.
Even when it comes to safe spaces like places of worship.
Recently, one woman took to Twitter to share a video she’d captured of another woman who had followed her into a bathroom to tell her she was too fat to wear shorts to a church event.
The video captured by a Twitter user who goes by the name of Jenna, depicts her discomfort and humiliation as a woman berates her in their church bathroom for wearing shorts.
“This [woman] followed me into the bathroom and attacked me calling me ‘fat’ and that I couldn’t wear jean shorts because I was too fat,” Jenna wrote in a post about the incident which also shared the video.
In the video, the woman can be heard telling Jenna that she is “chubby” and needs to wear clothing that covers her legs. “So you’re sitting here calling me fat?” Jenna asks the woman while filming. “Oh, you don’t think you are?” the woman responds
Through tears, Jenna tells the woman “I [redacted] love who I am. Get the [redacted] out of my face.”
Jenna also shared photos of herself in the outfit she had been wearing when she was verbally attacked.
Here is the outfit I was wearing that she attacked me… also please read my shirt because what she did was not agapé love38.4K12:46 PM – Jun 30, 20194,771 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy
Jenna later explained that the woman also approached her at a time when she was already affected by something upseting.
Jenna, who also explained that she deals with depression and anxiety, said that if the woman had approached her two years before when she was younger she might have committed an act of self-harm.
Fortunately, what started out as a horrific moment caught in the bathroom, launched a parade of plus-sized people sharing love and pictures of themselves loving their bodies on Twitter.
Women on Twitter reached out to Jenna with pictures of themselves wearing shorts and it was the sweetest thing.
Now THIS is just the kind of bathroom behavior we need from women.
Seriously more of this.
Thankfully, Jenna’s church did not let the woman go unpunished for targeting her.
Hopefully, this church leader takes this as a learning lesson. We have the right to free speech in this country and we should use that privilege to say things that are profound, enlightening and uplifting. Punto.