Meteorologist Cindy Morgan is currently expecting a baby girl. And some people watching her on TV are very upset by–gasp!–the sight of her pregnant stomach.
Morgan, a reporter for the Minnesota news channel KAAL – ABC 6, says that she has received nasty emails and comments from viewers about how her clothing was “too tight” or “inappropriate.” She took to Facebook to address these claims and explain why she won’t be hiding her baby bump.
Morgan wrote that the comments are hurtful to the point where they diminish some of her excitement about welcoming her second child.
“I have a public job and there are many things that I choose to do, not do or change because of it,” she wrote. “But to feel that way about my baby is unacceptable. To have these things said is unacceptable. That goes for me, or for any woman.”
(SELF reached out to Morgan for comment, but had not heard back at the time of publication.)
David Springer, the news director for ABC 6, released a statement on the channel’s Facebook page pledging the network’s support for Morgan and all working mothers and mothers-to-be.
“Cindy is not the only ABC 6 News employee that happens to be pregnant, but she is the only one on TV, which makes her an easy target,” he wrote. “We here at ABC 6 News support the strong, professional women that work here, especially those who continue to put in all the necessary hours while also being pregnant. We are banding together and supporting Cindy. I hope you will too.”
In his post, Springer included a photo of Morgan with two other pregnant KAAL employees, and an image of the three surrounded by other co-workers who are pledging to support them.
Both Morgan’s post and the news director’s response are going viral. Women across the country are commenting with their own stories of being subjected to inappropriate comments while pregnant. In response to her experiences, Morgan has called for other women in her position to band together and #EmbraceTheBump.
“I proudly say I’m not ashamed of my bump,” she wrote. “I will embrace my pregnancy and will gladly continue to visually offend those who disagree.”
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