06 Julio 2017 11:33
She shamed him back on her social networks
Natalie Hage was en route to Los Angeles travelling with American Air when she found herself having to deal with the shocking cruelty and rudeness of the man sitting next to her. Everything was as you would expect. Both travellers were in their respective seats, which, being by the emergency exits, were slightly wider than normal. But, as it transpired, Natalie’s neighbour was less than willing to share a space with someone who was, to put it plainly, fat.
As soon as she sat down next to him, the ‘uncomfortable’ passenger began ‘loudly huffing, sighing, and readjusting himself in his seat,' as Natalie reported in an Instagram post, which has sinced reached thousands.
The man sitting next to her, unwilling to confront her with his unfounded displeasure - remember that Natalie was, at all times, occupying her space and only her space - , began writing about the situation to some of his contacts, and doing so with an extra dose of savagery.
We all know how cramped air travel can be, and so unsurprisingly Natalie was able to see each and every ruthless message.
‘Hopefully she didn't have any mexican food’ says one of his contacts. ‘I think she ate a Mexican,’ writes the passenger. Natalie also writes in her Instagram that the man explained how he was leaving ‘a neck mark on the window because I’m so smashed against the wall’.
Natalie not only publicly denounced her humiliation, but also posted photos that clearly show that the man was far from ‘smashed against the wall’.
What is more, the passenger that is so quick to criticise Natalie is taking up more space than her because he’s using the armrests. The irony.
Unable to stand such horrendous levels of ‘fat shaming ’, Natalie decided to confront the guy directly, and make it clear she was well aware of what he was doing: writing hurtful messages about her weight to other people while she witnessed it all.
Natalie uploaded a video of the man’s reaction on Facebook. To start with he just laughs it off. When he realises that things are getting serious though, he apologises for the messages and tells her that ‘he had been drinking,’ only to then add that he didn’t think a person like her would be capable of helping people in an emergency situation.
‘This is a fat person's daily reality and not just on a plane. This is on a bus, standing in line at the grocery store, at a concert, on the internet,’ says Natalie. ‘You can be completely in your own space, not bothering anyone, and people will still fuck with you and try to hurt you. I just feel enraged and super sad,’ she concludes.
Her message has reached thousands and is a clear sign of the discrimination and rejection that many people feel on a daily basis, simply because they are overweight.