An Australian woman who unleashed an online storm after complaining she was trapped between two ‘obese people’ on a flight hit back at haters who asked her to ‘get up’ – saying the only thing they’re fighting is ‘high cholesterol’ is.
Sydney Watson took to Twitter to defend herself against trolls who took offense after she said she was unfairly “sandwiched” between two overweight people on an American Airlines flight from New York to Dallas earlier this month.
The 29-year-old posted a screenshot of a hate message she received from a woman who called her a “fat, ugly, disgusting f***” and told her to “rot in hell.”
Another took to their Instagram stories and asked Ms Watson to “solve.”
“You beat me. I leave you alone. I’ve beaten you rotten, you shut up and stop spitting your goddamn repulsive, uneducated vitriol once and for all.’
‘Ma’am please. The only thing you’re fighting is high cholesterol,’ Mrs Watson replied.
Sydney Watson (pictured) took to Twitter to defend herself against trolls who took offense after saying she was unfairly “sandwiched” between two overweight people on an American Airlines flight from New York to Dallas earlier this month. American Airlines flight from New York to Dallas.
The 29-year-old posted a screenshot of a hate message she received from a woman who called her a “fat, ugly, disgusting f***” and told her to “rot in hell” (pictured)
“Words cannot describe how much I wish you didn’t have a platform to ever open your fucking fat mouth again,” wrote another troll.
“I can’t wait for the day when you become a fat mom and we can all post pictures of your body and have fun for millions of people to see.
‘Go EAT THE BIGGEST THICKEST C***. Damn you S***dney’.
Ms Watson told her 300,000 followers that she was going to create “merch,” inspired by the debacle that she joked had “crushed her mind.”
She posted a side-by-side photo of her posing in a low-cut black dress with a message from a hater who called her “fat” with the caption, “Oh.”
“If anything, you should eat more,” said one of her supporters.
The Australian-American conservative political commentator has doubled down on her suggestion that obese people should pay for an extra seat on flights.
Sydney Watson caused a storm after she shared a photo of her three-hour flight, complaining that she was ‘sandwiched between two obese people’
“I don’t think it’s right to ever put someone of normal size in a situation where their space will be compromised,” she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘For them (a normal sized person) to be touched without their consent and in my case to have to turn in really weird poses to fit the situation.
“I don’t think people really recognize or realize how bad it was because I wasn’t able to get a full picture of how bad it was. But it was absurd.’
She posted several photos from her seat on the plane, telling Twitter followers that she couldn’t even use her armrests “because there’s no f***ing room.”
“I’m tired of pretending that being fat to this extent is normal. Let me assure you it isn’t.’
“If you need a seat belt extender, you’re TOO THICK TO BE IN A PLANE,” she wrote. “Buy two seats or don’t fly.”
After complaining online about her ordeal, American first dismissed the complaint but later offered her a $150 voucher for another flight.
“My main thing with what happened on the flight is that I had no personal space,” Ms Watson told Daily Mail Australia (pictured, is one of Ms Watson’s tweets about her ordeal)
Ms Watson shared another photo of her legs squeezed between the two obese passengers
Ms Watson, who is spending two weeks in Melbourne to catch up with family, said her photos do not reflect the “absurdity” of the situation.
She said her biggest problem with the flight was a lack of personal space.
Mrs. Watson asked the brother, who was sitting on the aisle, to swap places with her to sit next to his sister, but he declined.
“I have to assume it’s because he knew it would have been very uncomfortable for them to be wedged in with his sister for a multi-hour flight,” she said.
“Having at least part of his body in the aisle was probably preferable to being crushed next to her and next to me.
“They anticipated or probably hoped that a middle seat would become available, so they booked that way.”
American Airlines initially told Ms Watson that it caters to passengers of all sizes before offering her a $150 coupon to use on another flight – which she says isn’t good enough
Ms Watson (pictured) said it is becoming increasingly challenging to address the issue of obesity because in many western countries ‘people are fatter than they are thinner’
Ms Watson told Daily Mail Australia that American Airlines’ $150 voucher was not good enough and that the airline should have followed its policy of letting people who are too large to comfortably fit in a seat buy the seat next to them.
The airline’s website states that customers who “don’t have enough room to even sit in their seats and put on their seat belts” are referred to as “sized passengers.”
It states that ‘any traveler who needs an extra seat will be given an extra seat when it’s available’. If there are no empty seats on an aircraft, “that passenger may be required to purchase a second seat and wait for a new flight.”
She says it is becoming increasingly challenging to address the issue of obesity, because in many Western countries ‘people are fatter than thinner’.
A 2008 study found that Australia had more obese adults as a percentage of the population (26 percent) than America (25 percent).
“The body positivity/fat acceptance movements have tried to exploit and take away this shame,” said Ms Watson.
She shared an email she received from the company Monday in which American Airlines apologized and offered her a $150 coupon to use on another flight.
Ms Watson is an Australian-American conservative commentator with over 300,000 Twitter followers who grew up in Melbourne but has lived in the United States since 2019.
‘That’s why you see so much of this ‘fat and proud’ type of comment from overweight people. Although I personally think that’s a “dealing”.
She said she had received support from self-proclaimed “fat” people and said obesity is a problem that needs to be properly termed.
“We definitely need more truth to talk about this,” she said.
‘Every year more people die from obesity-related problems than from malnutrition.
“It doesn’t help that our society isn’t structured around health – we’re mostly sedentary, our food is full of chemicals and additives, ‘going to the gym’ and ‘eating healthy’ are considered an achievement.”