“Breakfast Television” anchor and Toronto reporter Melanie Ng reminded viewers to never “comment on a woman’s body” after many asked if she was “expecting” due to a viral TikTok video.
The Filipino-Chinese-Canadian anchor and other “Breakfast Television” reporters shared a TikTok video on Friday dancing and lip-syncing to the song “Telephone” by Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé. Ng is seen at the beginning of the video strutting towards the camera wearing a black and white dress.
On Monday’s broadcast, Ng explained to co-host Devo Brown that her Instagram DMs were filled with viewers asking if she was pregnant after the video went viral.
Ng told Brown that one viewer asked, “Are you expecting?” while another wrote, “Oh you’re glowing! A little one on the way?” She also said one viewer messaged, “Congratulations!”
Brown expressed shock while Ng explained that while she normally ignores “these comments,” she received so many DMs that she decided to address them on her Instagram story.
“I said something along the lines of ‘maybe it’s the dress, maybe it’s the angle, maybe hey, I ate a burrito,’ at the end of the day, you do not comment on a woman’s body,” she explained.
Ng reminded viewers to never “comment on a woman’s body” while acknowledging that she is aware the comments most likely did not have any ill intent. She also pointed out that those comments can be insensitive for some women who may be struggling with pregnancy.
“At the end of the day, don’t ask someone if they are pregnant, don’t comment by any means until that baby pops out,” Ng said. “Just remember, you don’t know what is happening outside of that. I didn’t mean it to call people out. I wanted to remind people, that um, that there are other things going on.”