This is Laura Warren, a news anchor at WRDW in Georgia.
Warren, who is 20 weeks pregnant, has been a reporter for six years, so she's used to viewers who feel the need to comment on her appearance. Recently, though, she received a voicemail from a viewer so nasty, she felt the need to speak out.
In the voicemail, the viewer called Warren's appearance "disgusting," and criticized her choice of maternity clothes.
"Please go to Target and buy some decent maternity clothes so you don’t walk around looking like you got a watermelon strapped under your too tight outfits," the viewer said. "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."
Ugh. Can we get a collective eye roll?
Warren was shocked by the voicemail, and wrote about it in a post on her blog, Bump, Baby, and Breaking News.
"So, the thick skinned journalist in me who knows better than to give comments like this a second thought says, delete the voicemail and move on," Warren wrote in her blog post. "Unfortunately, I'm pregnant, hormonal, currently not allowed to drink wine, and feeling extra in touch with my feminist side."
Warren recalled how much the woman's words upset her, and revealed that she's been worried recently by the uptick in hateful comments and incidents she's been seeing in the news. She hoped her story would encourage people to be a little kinder.
"I think instead of letting this lady get me down, I'm just going to turn her negative energy into positive energy," she wrote. "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."
Warren told The Huffington Post that she wasn't sure how viewers would react to her blog post, but the response has been overwhelmingly positive. "It really reaffirms my faith about how many kind people there are in the world," she said.
She also said she hoped her story would encourage people to use their words for good.
“Part of the reason I wrote the blog is to get a discussion going about how easy it is for us all to hang on and dwell on that ONE negative comment, instead of a whole sea of positive ones," Warren told The Huffington Post. “It defies logic, but it’s human nature. I wanted this to be a reminder that your words have such power. Use them for good. ”
We don't know about you guys, but we think Warren is going to be an awesome mom.