Social media comments about Dallas traffic reporter cause online firestorm


A woman who questioned the clothing choices made by WFAA’s new traffic reporter, Demetria Obilor, has apparently become an issue in the online community.

The post and comments were made under the name of Jan Shedd, and have apparently been removed from Shedd’s Facebook page.

The post asked if anyone had seen Channel 8’s new morning traffic reporter? “Her name is Demetria Obilor & she’s a size 16/18 woman in a size 6 dress and she looks ridiculous,” the post said. “I understand that when I watch Channel 8 I’m going to get biased reporting and political correctness, but clearly they have taken leave of their senses. I’m not going to watch Channel 8 anymore.”

Obilor retained the post on her twitter feed.

Shedd posted new comments saying that she did not notice that Obilor was black.

Then Obilor replied on her twitter feed, with the support of a retweet from Chance the Rapper, that she was not going anywhere.

By 7:15 p.m. Friday the Obilor tweet has been retweeted nearly 600 times and received close to 2,000 likes.

WFAA posted a story about it, which you can read here.

The Dallas Morning News has also posted a story.

Apparently, the war of words has gone viral. The Essence Magazine website also posted a story online concerning the controversy.

By 7:40 p.m., I could no longer access the Facebook page for Jan Shedd. No one responded to a message sent to Shedd’s Facebook page.

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3