Female Blogger Responds to Fat-Shaming Texts with Best Selfie Ever – Now the Rude Dude Wants to Capitalize on the Exchange!
This dude: 0. Girls everywhere: 1.
Gentlemen, here’s what not to do when attempting to woo a woman.
Christina Topacio, a Los Angeles-based marketing professional and blogger, made headlines in recent days after sharing on Twitter screenshots of text messages from a guy who told her she needed to lose weight.
The conversation started off with the male suitor, whom she reportedly met through a dating website six months prior, reaching out to her to tell her “something that might make you never wanna talk to me again.”
“But I wanna tell you anyways,” he continued in the first text message captured in Topacio’s photos.
The brunette went on to welcome the fellow’s mysterious request – emoji and all.
He continued, ” you are so beautiful. Your personality is so hilarious. I can tell you’re witty. I can tell your smart. I can tell [you’re] just pure fun and comedy. I would seriously consider dating you. Getting to know you. Everything.”
And then his words got ugly.
“But you know what? And it f—— kills me to say this and it’s nothing you don’t already know. And I’m positive you’ve thought about it. And I’m only telling you this because I want it to effect a change.”
“You need to f—— lose weight. It kills me,” he texted.
But Topacio had the perfect response for her critic – a selfie with a mouth-watering Chipotle bowl.
And the best part? The dude quickly backtracked after her Tweets went viral, begging her to team up for an interview or some additional publicity about the not-so-friendly exchange.
Topacio has been a great sport in the wake of the interaction, which she calls an “unreal experience.”
“I’ve always lived in my little bubble on the internet with my blog readers. And then, something like this happens and it’s been beyond my comprehension,” Topacio tells PEOPLE.
“My story is not a new story, this happens to women constantly,” she adds. “I’m just happy to have been given an opportunity to share my personal experience in hopes that it empowers women to shut it down and ultimately say, f—- the rest – I’m beautiful, I’m strong, I’m powerful, I’m 100 percent me.”
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And Twitter users quickly jumped to her defense, supporting her brave act.
“In case you were struggling with your field identification of a ‘douchebag,’ here’s one,” one Twitter user wrote beside a link to her Tweets.
Another commenter wrote, “I can’t believe some weirdo told @profreshstyle to lose weight!? She’s gorgeous! If she’s fat. God help the rest of us!!!”
Has the guy apologized yet? “Not in the slightest,” Topacio says. “And that’s fine.”