This Woman Perfectly Shut Down Fat-Shamers In Powerful Facebook Video

And had some great advice for the bullies, too.

It takes a strong person to turn a negative experience into a teachable lesson, and that's exactly what Shauna Arocho did.

The 27-year-old posted a video reaction to an alleged incident that had occurred earlier on March 20 — aka Dairy Queen's Free Cone Day. In the clip, Arocho details how she and her husband were treating themselves to a treat when a car full of guys stopped in the middle of a busy road just so they could yell, "Eat that ice cream, you fat B-I-T-C-H."

After 20 minutes, during which she cried a bit and eventually pulled herself together, Arocho posted this powerful response:   


"I just don't understand what people get out of tearing other people down. You know nothing about my life or my circumstances," she said before issuing a warning to other bullies. "What if I had been in such a place that you saying that to me made me go home and kill myself? I'm not in that place, but I could've been."

Arocho further explained how detrimental this kind of action can be to someone as the bully never knows how their victim is feeling on the inside, urging people to think before they speak. Her plea was that someone watches the video and changes their heart.

To date the video has garnered 11.5 million views, more than 9,000 shares, 10,000 comments, and over 52,000 reactions — with those numbers still climbing. With so much positivity from people online, Arocho posted a thank you message: "My faith in humanity has never been higher than it is right now. Yesterday my eyes were full tears from sadness. Today, the tears are happy ones."

The Illinois-based woman, who is a personal assistant to her disabled mother, also followed that up with a video once again thanking everyone for their support and promising to get back to the more than 5,000 messages in her inbox. 

On top of that, Arocho seems to have emerged from the situation with newfound confidence and invited everyone to continue following her weight-loss journey (which she began prior to the described incident) as she'll begin posting regular updates. Keep positive, girlfriend!

If you or a loved one are in a crisis, you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK to speak with a skilled, trained counselor who is ready to listen to you.

(H/T: Cosmopolitan)

Cover photo: Shauna Arocho / Facebook | Shauna Arocho / Facebook


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