Plus-Size Model und Instagram-Influencerin Natalie nennt sich selbst „fat lady“. Als im Flugzeug ihr Sitznachbar aber über ihr Gewicht lästert, denkt sie sich: Dem zeig ich‘s! Doch mit ihrer Reaktion erntet sie nicht nur Applaus.
1. Eigentlich wollte Natalie ihren 137.000 Instagram-Followern nur zeigen, dass sie sich Fat-Shaming von Fremden nicht gefallen lässt.
i'm shaking right now. i'm on a flight to LA right now on @americanair. i paid almost $70 extra for this seat i'm in because i know i need a little extra leg room. i'm extremely flight anxious but there were only middle seats available so i had to take what i could get. as soon as i sat down, the gentleman on my left began LOUDLY huffing, sighing, and readjusting himself in his seat. i see him furiously texting and then purposefully turning the phone away from me. so, naturally next time he texts, i take a look. the texts were about me and i'm almost positive he took photos of me. not only were the texts about me, but they were really mean and ugly, with even the recipient named 'linda' chiming back with shaming retorts…someone who can't even see the situation. if you can't read the texts, it says 'hopefully she didn't have any mexican food' and his response is 'i think she ate a mexican'. then he proceeds to say he's leaving a 'neck mark on the window' because he's so smashed against the wall. from the photos, you can see i'm not in his space. he's even taken over both arm rests on purpose, coming to my space and digging his elbows into my side…which is in my seat. his next text to her was 'if the news reports a DFW airbus a321 leaving the runway without rotating, that would be my flight.' another i see later? 'if these seats don't hold, it's not going to matter.' and that's just a few of them. there were several more. i didn't do anything to him. i'm in my seat, completely (see photos). i am crumpled into a ball trying to not bother. i'm just so upset. i asked the other man to my right if he'd switch me and told him what the man was saying about me and he said laughed and refused. that's fine, it's not his issue. this is a fat person's daily reality and not just on a plane. this is on a bus, standing in line at the grocery store, at a concert, on the internet. you can be completely in your own space, not bothering anyone, and people will still fuck with you and try to hurt you. all you can do is know you haven't done anything wrong just by existing and to move on. this just makes me a mixture of enraged and super sad.
2. Ein Auszug aus ihrem Text.
3. Und wie erhofft, feiern sie viele Fans für ihren „Mut“ …
4. … finden das Verhalten des Mannes unmöglich …
5. … und danken Natalie dafür, sich verteidigt zu haben.
6. Doch womit Natalie sicherlich nicht gerechnet hat, ist deutliche Kritik an ihrem eigenen Verhalten.
7. Einige werfen ihr vor, sich mit ihrem Post nur wichtigmachen zu wollen.
8. Andere wiederum zeigen (Un-) Verständnis für beide Seiten.
9. Mittlerweile hat sich Natalie erneut zu Wort gemeldet.
i don't even know what to say. the past 48 hours have been an absolute whirlwind of support and trolling and hateful comments and heartfelt outpourings of love and kindness. hundreds upon hundreds of people have reached out and told me stories of times they've been hurt by others (traveling, just living life) and how that's affected them. i wish we didn't know what that hurt felt like, but please just know you're not alone. this conversation is really important. we HAVE to talk about how fatphobia seeps into so many parts of our lives. we HAVE to remember to stand up for ourselves and others who maybe can't do it for themselves. we all deserve a fair shot at happiness and a chance at feeling good about ourselves. don't let people take that from you or from others if you can help it. let's keep talking about this. keep telling your stories. keep lifting each other up. cool thing – i'll be on good morning america tomorrow around 8ish in the morning central time! i also did several other interviews today and will keep y'all in the know if you want. thank you again and thank you always. i felt about an inch tall when that man did that to me on the plane. but after standing up to him and feeling so much support from the world, i feel like i can do anything. ❤️❤️
10. Ihr Fazit, trotz aller negativen Kommentare: