Woman Calls Out Delta Airlines Passenger For Fat-Shaming Her
One woman who was embarrassed on a Delta Airlines flight by a fellow passenger decided to fight back. She took to social media with an open letter that slammed a man who allegedly fat-shamed her on the flight from Orlando to Detroit. The new mother posted a letter to the man on Facebook. It has since been deleted.
Katie Kiacz said she was on the Delta Air Lines flight last week when she saw an unidentified man write a text message to someone, complaining about her body. “Dear Man on flight DL1723,” the message begins, Yahoo Lifestyle reported. “You referred to me as a ‘2-ton woman.’ You told your friend soon as I boarded and you saw me that it was ‘not good.’ When I confronted you saying ‘I am not two tons but I did just have a baby,’ you sighed and got up to use the bathroom then quietly asked the flight attendant for a different seat. I’m glad there were not any,” she wrote.
Kiacz went on to say that the man did not apologize after being called out. In fact, he didn’t even speak to her for the remainder of her flight.
“I do not need your validation. So why am I posting? To call you out. Because I do not exist to please you. Because I will take up as much space as I want. Because even when confronted you did not think you were in the wrong, that you did not need to apologize,” the letter read.
“I’m glad you had to sit next to me the entire two-hour flight, I’m only sorry I couldn’t take up more space,” she wrote. Which begs the question of why she took the post down.
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She said she wrote the letter because she was “sick of this s—-” referring to women getting fat-shamed when in public spaces. Kiacz included a hashtag at the end of the letter with the phrase “call him out,” asking women to call out men who have body-shamed them.
The post went viral immediately and was shared over 102,000 times. It received over 85,000 comments. Many supported Kiacz while sharing their own stories. Then the letter was deleted.
“The outpouring love and support has been unreal,” Kiacz wrote on Facebook. “In that moment, I was shaking with anger, I was overcome by sadness, and for a moment I was ashamed and self-conscious,” she said, before saying she had to remind herself of “who I was, what I do, and how much I have accomplished and still have to accomplish.”
“Oh, and this post is public,” she added. “I hope a woman in his life sees this and is able to explain to him why his behavior was inappropriate. Not that I think it’ll make a difference.”
Kiacz hopes that her story will make people think twice before they speak or say unkind things about others. “I think we have all said something unkind at one time or another, and this is just a reminder that we do not know the battles people are fighting and that we just need to be a little kinder to each other,” she wrote on Facebook.
When reached for comment by Yahoo Lifestyle, Kiacz said in lieu of interviews, she is promoting the work of a Northwestern University professor who studies female body image. Hmmmm.