A social media influencer found herself the victim of some serious fatshaming after boarding an American Airlines flight this week.
Natalie Hage, of Nataliemeansnice, took to Instagram after she noticed that the male passenger next to her was sending awful texts about her to someone.
Messages included mocking the room that Natalie took up, with the passenger describing how he was pushed up against the window, as well as joking that “I think she ate a Mexican.” The person he was sending messages to responded with equally shaming retorts.
It wasn't long before her followers reached out to help, contacting American Airlines and demanding for answers as to how the passenger's unacceptable behaviour was going to be handled by them. Shortly after, the airline was directly in contact with Natalie and working to deal with the situation.
Natalie updated her social media after her flight to let her following know that she'd bravely confronted the man when the plane landed after not being able to stay silent any longer. A caption on her Instagram said:
“I didn't want to leave y'all hanging - I actually ended up saying something to him when we landed. I couldn't NOT speak up. I'm so tired of fat people being a social punching bag. I won't stand for it. I hope this dude learned something today.”
She then went on to post a video of the confrontation up on her Facebook to show the world how it went down:
This is one of many examples of fatphobia remaining as a social issue, with a long road ahead for attitudes towards fat people to progress and change. People of size have to deal with this kind of harassment and discrimination on a daily basis and the way that society views fat bodies - marginalised bodies of any sort, in fact - has to change.
For those who view this as just one guy being a douchebag, and doesn't recognise that this is a constant problem: fat bodies are no less worthy than smaller bodies and are just as deserving of space, whether that be literally or figuratively. Nobody deserves this kind of treatment, and like Natalie said, we hope this guy actually did learn something.