New mom 'fat-shamed by airline passenger who branded her a two ton woman' during Delta flight to Detroit hit back at him in open letter
- Katie Kiacz alleged she was fat-shamed by a male passenger on a Delta flight
- She said the man referred to her as 'two ton woman' when she approached him
- The alleged encounter happened on a Delta flight from Orlando to Detroit
- Kiacz called out the man on social media by posting her version of what happened on the flight on Tuesday along with a picture of her and the man
- She claimed she had just given birth and questioned whether he would have made the comments had she been a man
By Leah Mcdonald For Dailymail.com
Published: 16:05 EST, 27 January 2019 | Updated: 17:19 EST, 27 January 2019
A new mother has posted an open letter to a male passenger who called her 'two ton woman' on a Delta flight to Detroit.
Katie Kiacz posted two photos and claimed the man fat-shamed her and made the offensive comment to his friend after being seated beside her during the flight from Orlando to Detroit on Tuesday.
He then tried to change seat and told his friend it 'was not good' when he saw Kiacz, who had just give birth, was about to sit beside him.
Katie Kiacz claimed an unidentified man fat-shamed her and made the offensive comment to his friend after being seated beside her during the flight from Orlando to Detroit on Tuesday
In the letter seen by Yahoo Lifestyle she said: 'Dear Man on flight DL1723. 'You referred to me as a "2-ton woman."
'You told your friend soon as I boarded and you saw me that it was "not good."
'When I confronted you saying "I am not two tons but I did just have a baby", you sighed and got up to use the bathroom then quietly asked the flight attendant for a different seat.
'I’m glad there were not any,' she wrote. 'I bet you didn’t tell her why you wanted to sit elsewhere, that you said something so heartless and were confronted.
'You did not apologize. You did not even acknowledge my existence throughout the remainder of the flight. That’s fine. I do not need your validation.'
Her post was shared 120,000 times in less than 24 hours, concludes with her explanation as to why she felt the need to publicly shame the man.
She explained: 'So why am I posting? To call you out. Because I do not exist to please you.
'Because I will take up as much space as I want. Because even when confronted you did not think you were in the wrong, that you did not need to apologize.
'As a woman, I am sick of this s**t,” Kiack wrote. Would he have said that had I been a man? Or had my daughter and husband with me? I don’t know.
'But women deal with these attitudes and behavior more than men, that I do know. And I. Am. Over. It.'
Kiacz posted a picture of the man who allegedly fat shamed her and asked the flight attendant to change seats when she sat beside him
The post (pictured) was shared 120,000 times but has subsequently been taken down
Kiacz used the hashtag “Call him out" along with her message online.
'Oh, and this post is public,' she added. 'I hope a woman in his life sees this and is able to explain to him why his behavior was inappropriate. Not that I think it’ll make a difference.'
Her post has since been taken down. However she told Yahoo Lifestyle that instead doing interviews, she is promoting the work of a Northwestern University professor who studies female body image.
The post received over 85,000 comments – many of which supported Kiacz and shared their own stories – before it was taken down.
'The outpouring love and support has been unreal,' Kiacz wrote on Facebook Wednesday, Yahoo reported.
'In that moment, I was shaking with anger, I was overcome by sadness, and for a moment I was ashamed and self-conscious.'
She claimed she had to remind herself of 'who I was, what I do, and how much I have accomplished and still have to accomplish.'
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