Jan Shedd, a white woman in Texas, likely learned a new phrase—“big mad”—as her name began to trend after she attacked a biracial Black female journalist on Facebook. Shedd was upset that Demetria Obilor does her job while having a curvy shape. Shedd recently posted a picture of the bubbly, heart-eye-emoji-deserving reporter, and in a now-deleted post asked her Facebook friends, “Has anyone seen Channel 8’s new morning traffic reporter? Her name is Demetria Obilor & she’s a size 16/18 woman in a size 6 dress and she looks ridiculous. I understand that when I watch Channel 8 I’m going to get biased reporting and political correctness, but clearly they have taken complete leave of their senses. I’m not going to watch Channel 8 anymore.”

While Shedd probably thought that was the curtain call, Black Twitter restarted the show. Twitter user @fabfreshandfly explained: “Jan is big mad. Don’t be like Jan.”


Chance the Rapper offered his digital co-sign: “BIIIIIIG MAD.” Both tweets went viral.


Shedd’s shenanigans show what happens when insecure women internalize restrictive beauty norms and resent other women who do not subscribe to the same. Shedd did not have a legitimate gripe with the news station, but by using the terms “biased reporting” and “political correctness,” Shedd demonstrated she views one of the more neutral aspects of news through racism and body-shame: Traffic, y’all.

Obilor, a University of Kansas graduate, handled the experience with grace and encouraged aspiring journalists to have thick skin. She also emphatically thanked her supporters and made it plain for the naysayers.

“This is the way that I was born, so if you don’t like it, you have your options,” she said. “Now to the people who showed love: I love you right back. When you look a little different, people think it’s ok to talk to you a little different – and I’m on TV. I can’t clap back how I wanna clap back all the time so, I’m always taken aback and forever grateful for everybody, people I don’t even know, who come to my defense.”

Let the people of the South also affirm this, where we are from, Obilor is called fine.

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