Body shaming is a real thing and unfortunately, we aren’t just hearing about it taking place with ‘mean girl’ teenagers walking high school halls but we’re now seeing it from older women in church bathrooms.
Jenna, a 19-year old young woman from Swansboro, North Carolina was followed into a bathroom at her church by a church leadership team member who proceeded to criticize her for her weight. The incident was caught on camera as Jenna was recording the confrontation, unbeknownst to the woman.
On the video, you can hear the woman telling Jenna she’s “too fat”, telling her she shouldn’t be wearing shorts and forbidding her from singing with the church as long as she was dressed as she was. You can barely make out Jenna’s enraged responses at one point from crying. Things escalate and as the woman is exiting the bathroom, Jenna reveals to her that has been videotaping the entire altercation. As the situation continues outside the bathroom, a man can be heard telling Jenna to “go back into the bathroom.”
This women followed me into the bathroom and attacked me calling me fat and that I couldn’t wear jean shorts because I was too fat pic.twitter.com/xse8lKfQdo— Jenna 🦊 (@roo_jenna) June 30, 2019
Just wanted to add this pic.twitter.com/SWwiMSWL2T— Jenna 🦊 (@roo_jenna) June 30, 2019
Here is the outfit I was wearing that she attacked me… also please read my shirt because what she did was not agapé love pic.twitter.com/6d5sNeMQrI— Jenna 🦊 (@roo_jenna) June 30, 2019
I just want to say that I know I am not perfect!!! But I would never attack someone and tear someone down like what she did to me…. thank God she said it to me and honestly and not to some who is suicidal— Jenna 🦊 (@roo_jenna) July 2, 2019
Because if she would have said that to me two years ago when I was in therapy for suicide… I honestly don’t think I would be here today… I suffer with depression, anxiety, and ADD, and I can be very impulsive but what she did was straight up rude— Jenna 🦊 (@roo_jenna) July 2, 2019
The lead pastor of her church released a statement regarding the situation stating that he and the church were “shocked and saddened by the act” and they were “currently working to assure that nothing like this will happen again.”
The lead pastor sent this out to people ❤️(since some of you found the church, also please don’t be a bully back nothing will be solved from that… an eye for an eye makes the whole world go blind) pic.twitter.com/r875AP33ak— Jenna 🦊 (@roo_jenna) July 2, 2019
Jenna’s tweet has since gone viral, with many users showing love to the young woman– even garnering attention and support from celebs.
I’m so sorry you had to go through this. SHE KNOWS NOTHING!!! You are beyond beautiful and any man/woman would be lucky to have you by their side the rest of their life ❤️❤️now go on and keep standing up for your beautiful self!!! TELL EM GIRRRRLLLL!!— Matthew (@MatthewEspinosa) July 2, 2019
I’m so hurt and angry on your behalf right now! I’m so sorry this happened, but so happy you stood up for yourself. You’re beautiful and it’s so cool that you sing at church!!— Ashley Nicole Black (@ashleyn1cole) July 2, 2019
This breaks my heart. Her behavior is so cruel and ugly. Keep singing and keep shining. She is clearly not an authority on any kind of loving God.— Shannon Purser (@shannonpurser) July 2, 2019
You can wear whatever the hell you want. I’m sorry this happened to you 😫😫— Tess Holliday 🥀 (@Tess_Holliday) July 2, 2019
I’m so sorry this happened to you. You are a beautiful girl and you stood up for yourself! She will be meeting God soon and I doubt that will go down the way she’d want it to. 💞— Jamilah (@JamilahLemieux) July 2, 2019
Keep wearing the same thing every Sunday please— Slade Hill (@SladeHill801) July 2, 2019
Imagine being dressed like a used tampon and thinking you can police someone on their body. I am so sorry this happened to you.— 𝕭𝖊𝖞𝖍𝖞𝖚𝖓𝖌 (@yeehawgrandma) July 2, 2019
Girl this video….. your tears…. this lady talking like that and not getting slapped all pic.twitter.com/1hfzqZr6tW— yep (@yahateme) July 3, 2019
You’re beautiful. Don’t let some old miserable woman ever make you feel differently.— Kerri 🦋 #OccupyDC (@KerriJersey) July 3, 2019
Hearing your voice crack like that really broke my heart. This shouldn’t have happened and I hope the woman in the video will be punished for her actions. You are gorgeous.— Noiram Lavennac 👩🏽🎨 (@MarionCanneval) July 2, 2019
The whole video I was like “ma’am, please turn 90 degrees and look in the mirror”.— Indigo 👽 (@Indibaby_) July 2, 2019
I am so sorry you had to experience such terrible thing, this old and mean lady should get a good look at herself before trying to bodysbame anyone…because gurl you are stunning and you are rocking those shorts ! Keep on slaying 💕 pic.twitter.com/c0mMH3mash— • Stacytrouille • (@chickensouag) July 3, 2019
I am truly so sorry you experienced this. You’re beautiful.— goldmine (@indigogloves) July 2, 2019
Keep being you. You’re beautiful exactly as you are. And keep loving unconditionally. Forgiveness takes great strength these days. Also for the pretend religious hypocrite who did this to you… please f right off and wake up. We’ll wait.— Steve Blum (@blumspew) July 2, 2019
I’m so, so, so sorry this happened to you. No one has the right to tell you what to wear, and CERTAINLY not based on their judgment of how you look. Really, really good, quick thinking on recording her. You wear those shorts whenever & wherever you want. 💜— Your Fat Friend (@yrfatfriend) July 2, 2019
It was at this moment.. she knew she f’d up pic.twitter.com/TGWKWyz1Yh— CrockTIME (@eric_crocker) July 2, 2019
While unfortunate, hopefully, this situation teaches those young and old alike, that body shaming is disgusting and can absolutely have negative consequences.
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