While some may think that being a local news anchor is an easy job, the fact is that-it’s not. In addition to being on top of the news, there’s a certain appearance they must maintain. Typically it’s an image of a composed and put-together professional.
That’s why when Laura Warren, an anchor for August, Georgia’s WRWD received a nasty voicemail she started questioning her appearance and what she could have possibly done wrong.
On her blog titled, “Bump, Baby, and Breaking News,” Warren describes what happened when she checked her voicemail on July 3. She hoped the voicemail was going to alert her about a potential story, but she was wrong. Rather than a viewer calling in a tip, a viewer had taken the time to call and complain about Warren’s outfit.
“Please go to Target and buy some decent maternity clothes,” the caller insisted.
“… so you don’t walk around looking like you got a watermelon strapped under your too tight outfits,” said the woman who left a roughly 30 second voicemail. She continued her rant by giving some shopping advice. “Target’s got a great line of maternity clothes in case you’ve never heard of such a thing. You’re getting to where you’re being disgusting on the TV.”
Warren, who is pregnant and due in November, wrote that the “thick skinned journalist” in her knew she should delete the voicemail and move on. However, this time she had to make a comment.
The anchor made a mental note of every outfit she wore that week, trying to figure out the most offensive one.
To the viewer who kindly called to tell me my pregnant stomach looks 'disgusting' on air, this blog post is for you….http://blog.laurawarrennews.com/2017/07/week-20-sticks-and-stones.html
“Do I really look disgusting? What outfit is she talking about?” Warren pondered. “Why did she call on Friday, I wasn’t even working Friday….did she boil over this all week and wait until I was off to leave me a voicemail?”
In the end the anchor wasn’t able to come up with a single reason as for why this particular caller felt the need to figure out the station’s phone number, listen to a number of prompts, find out Warren’s extension, and then leave a rude voicemail about something that didn’t even concern her.
“Why was I letting this one ridiculous, negative comment ruin my whole day?”
When they move me away from the news desk on set, there's no hiding this baby bump!
The anchor who is due in November with her rainbow baby—last October she had a miscarriage—noted in her blog that pregnancy is already a difficult time for a woman. And after already having to deal with the insecurities about weight gain, the size and shape of a woman’s bump nearly every day, the unnecessary rude comments from a viewer do not help.
Although Warren let the comment stick with her for a bit she wrote that she wanted to turn the negative energy into positive energy.
“I consider myself a confident, pretty secure, independent, woman. Why was I letting this one ridiculous, negative comment ruin my whole day? I’ve gotten dozens of compliments from viewers saying nice things about my pregnancy, why was this the one that stuck?
“I don’t really have an answer. If I did, I could probably solve the world’s bullying problem,” she wrote.
“How do we teach our kids to be kind when adults all around them can say such cruel things?”
“It worries me. Right now, I can protect this sweet little boy,” she wrote of her unborn child. “But, I won’t always be able to. I certainly don’t want him to dwell on the negative things insecure people are bound to say about him.”
“I’m going to say as many nice things as I can to as many people as I can, and I’m going to do it in a dress that fits these beautiful new curves with my ‘watermelon’ stomach showing,” she wrote.
If there’s one thing we can take away from this, it’s something that our parents taught us since we were little, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.