Canadian traffic journalist Leslie Horton revealed a vile email she’d been sent online, and her response went viral.
She explained: ‘I’m just going to respond to an email that I just got saying, “Congratulations on your pregnancy. If you’re going to wear old bus driver pants, you have to expect emails like this.”
‘So thanks for that.’
The 59-year-old Global News Morning Calgary reporter went on: ‘No, I’m not pregnant. I actually lost my uterus to cancer last year.
‘And that is what women of my age look like.
‘So if it is offensive to you, that is unfortunate.
‘Think about the emails that you send.’
Leslie’s comments were branded ‘brave’ and handled with ‘so much grace’, as the viral clip was widely supporting, including from Freaky Friday star Jamie Lee Curtis, who reshared the clip on Instagram.
In the comments, Michelle Pfeiffer praised: ‘Bravo!’
TV host Rachel Smith added: ‘Good for her, as a TV host myself it’s crazy the things people will write you about your appearance, hair, weight… so mean spirited unnecessary. Thankfully there’s way more people who lead with kindness.’
Shortly after the segment aired, Leslie took to social media with an update: ‘Thanks for all your kind messages this morning. It took me hours to stop shaking… but I’m shaking it off and setting up for Cookie Sale tomorrow!’
Earlier this week, she also spoke to Good Morning America about why it was so important for her to address the comments.
‘It is a man [who] has been sending nasty emails for about four years now…it’s been a pretty constant stream of emails,’ she said.
‘And when I got that email during our show, last Wednesday morning, I had a visceral response to it. And I was hurt, angry.
‘And I was partly determined that I was clear that this was not an appropriate thing to say. The aim of the email was to hurt and humiliate. And shame me.’
Leslie went on to talk about the ‘toll’ of her battle with endometrial cancer, after her diagnosis in December 2021.
She said: ‘I have a lot more gratitude for life. And it also taught me, I think, to be really clear on who I am and what’s important to me and what I will expect and behavior from other people. And that brings us to responding to an inappropriate email.’
She added: ‘I just thought you don’t get to do that. And that must have been what came from my heart. I had no plans. I responded. I thought nothing more of it. I walked back to my desk and continued on my day. And then things just really blew up from that.’
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