We all know Tess Holliday is a total body positive badass — and one who 100% stands up for her beliefs.
When she’s not starting viral hashtags like #effyourbeautystandards and breaking boundaries for plus size women, she’s boycotting taxi service Uber.
The ‘model, mum and feminist’ shared an Instagram video with her 1.4 million followers, which has now been viewed 304k times. In it the man driving the taxi seems to question her cholesterol, to which she responds: ‘My cholesterol’s fine, I’m perfect’.
As well as writing on the clip, ‘My driver who is fat is questioning if Im healthy’ [sic], she captioned it: ‘Hey @uber I don't pay more to use your "black car" service to be told that there's no way I could possibly be healthy because I'm fat & then questioning it. No one should have to tolerate this at any level of the services you offer. I'm fat. I also have a fat wallet & will no longer be using your services. Ever. Also after I told him I was healthy he turned the radio off & changed the subject. #putmymoneywheremymouthis #uberdriver #uber Edited to add: saying my driver is fat was obviously being used as a descriptor & not to insult him. Also I did not show his face or use his name when filming, it was to be able to show what I deal with daily & why this behavior is unacceptable from anyone.’
The video has had a mixed reaction with many followers celebrating Tess for calling him out, agreeing that it was out of order, while others wanted to know more about the conversation. Some comments suggested Tess herself was the one in the wrong for filming the driver and calling him ‘fat’.
Tess clarified her reasons in a Tweet, saying: ‘To everyone that keeps saying "well we don't know the full conversation" I say REALLY?! He wasn't "curious" he was shaming me. End of story.’
An Uber spokesperson said: 'We expect all riders and drivers to treat each other with respect as laid out in our Community Guidelines'.
The jury’s out on this one… What’s your verdict?
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