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This news anchor's response to a Hurricane Irma reporter who called herself 'chunky' is going viral

INSIDER logoINSIDER 9/12/2017 lyang@businessinsider.com (Lucy Yang)

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The INSIDER Summary:

  • Early Monday morning, CNN reporter Sara Sidner pointed out how she was being blown away by Irma's strong winds, despite being a "chunky girl."
  • CNN anchor Don Lemon replied, "You're a beautiful woman no matter what size you are."
  • Lemon's response was widely praised on Twitter.
  • However, it's important to note that Sidner may not have used the word "chunky" in a self-deprecating way, despite how Lemon interpreted her words.

A recent news report about Hurricane Irma sparked a body-positive exchange that is captivating the internet.

Early Monday morning, CNN news reporter Sara Sidner braved the hurricane's brutal rainfall in Daytona Beach, Florida. To illustrate the storm's intensity, Sidner pointed out how she was being blown away by Irma's strong winds, despite the size of her body, as Yahoo reported.

The reporter said to CNN anchor Don Lemon: "The tops of trash cans [are] 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."

When the camera cut out to Lemon, he told Sidner: "You're a beautiful woman no matter what size you are. There's nothing wrong with having a little curve."

People immediately took to social media to praise the anchor's response.


It's important to note, however, that Sidner may not have used the word "chunky" in a self-deprecating or negative way, despite how Lemon interpreted her words. Indeed, the reporter never said she wasn't beautiful.

Either way, we wish Sidner had the chance to respond to Lemon's comments on-air, as the journalist faced Irma's fierce winds.

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Related: 8 Newscasters Who Refused to Let Body Shamers Get Them Down [Provided by PEOPLE] Kelsey McEwan: The meteorologist at Canada's Your Morning gave an impassioned speech after a viewer tweeted that her maternity wear was "disgusting." "I'm a firm believer that my body — and your body — is nobody's business but their own," McEwan said during the morning broadcast on Aug. 16. "Your body is not for anyone else to talk about, whether they're talking about your pregnant shape, they're talking about your athleticism, or your hair color, or your skin color; it is not anyone's business but your own." The soon-to-be mom-of-two felt that the viewer's comment was particularly out of place in light of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville four days prior. "You know what is disgusting? Not my wear but racism, and hate and bullying," McEwan said. "So let's stand up to that. Let's not just share the love, but let's stand up to it and say enough is enough, we're better than this, and we are so much more than how we look." 8 Newscasters Who Refused to Let Body Shamers Get Them Down

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