A television news anchor who braved Hurricane Irma to deliver her news report created a body-positive moment that the internet is loving.
While pointing out that the windy, torrential rainstorm in Daytona Beach, Fla., was strong enough to knock her down, CNN news reporter Sara Sidner said, “What we’re also seeing is a lot of projectiles, you’ve been hearing from everyone that that’s the danger here. The things that cover the lights are flying around. The tops of trash cans flying around. And this wind — I am not a small woman, as you know, Don. I am a chunky girl, and it is blowing me around when the gusts come really, really hard.”
Just then, the camera cut out to CNN anchor Don Lemon, who graciously offered this reassurance: “You’re a beautiful woman no matter what size you are. There’s nothing wrong with having a little curve.”
— Allnews (@allnews32) September 11, 2017
The endearing moment was pure comedy gold on Twitter, which responded with memes and slow claps.
— Liv Lane (@Liv_Lane) September 11, 2017
Reporter in Florida:as u know I'm a chunky girl & these winds are moving me
Don Lemon:well regardless of ur size ur beautiful stay safe
— Mariah Cuellar (@mariahmichal) September 11, 2017
don lemon just told a reporter 'you're a beautiful woman no matter what size you are and there's nothing wrong with a little curve"
— Tom McKay (@thetomzone) September 11, 2017
She also just referred to herself as chunky and Don Lemon said that was A-OK. This coverage is ridiculous but I'm watching it.
— Jeff Feyerer (@jfey5) September 11, 2017
Me after seeing that video of the news reporter saying she's a chunky woman and then don lemon saying she's beautiful: pic.twitter.com/vQXbTeHvF1
— Richelle C (@RichelleMTC) September 11, 2017
Can't get over: CNN reporter noted she's "chunky" and still wind-battered. Then Don Lemon consoles her and says she's beautiful @ any size
— Ed Murrieta (@edmurrieta) September 11, 2017
Yahoo Beauty was not able to reach Sidner or Lemon for comment.
Sidner also braved Irma on Sunday, hanging on to a concrete wall on the fifth floor of the Hilton hotel in Daytona Beach to deliver her field report. Calling the winds “beyond ferocious,” she added, “I’m having a hard time even talking because the wind is pushing on my face so hard.”
Television news reporters have been recently criticized for placing themselves in dangerous conditions to report on storms Harvey and Irma. Traditionally, journalists have flocked to the center of the weather action to provide real-time updates while hanging on to trees or standing in flooded streets, though the practice is now largely viewed as hypocritical (since reporters often advise locals to stay inside) and unnecessarily dramatic.
But news delivered with a side dish of humor and body positivity? Now, that’s good television.
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