Plus-size model says Uber driver called her fat
Plus-size model Tess Holliday claims an Uber driver harassed her over her curves.
“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,” she captioned a video showing a conversation with her driver this week. “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.”
She added, “Also after I told him I was healthy he turned the radio off & changed the subject.”
Holliday faced backlash herself for calling her driver “fat” in the video, as one of her followers pointed out, “Looks like you’re doing some shaming yourself.” She defended herself by writing, “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.”
When asked for comment, an Uber rep told Page Six, “We expect all riders and drivers to treat each other with respect as laid out in our Community Guidelines.”
One such guideline? “Remember that when you use Uber you will meet people who may look different or think differently from you. Please respect those differences. We want everyone to feel welcome when they use Uber.”
Holliday is far from the only star to express frustration with the ride app as of late.
Busy Philipps revealed last week that she thought her drivers were going to murder her, and Lars Ulrich reportedly refused to provide his phone number to the service and got stranded at an airport. Pamela Anderson even created a PSA aimed at curbing ride-sharing apps.
The service also faced backlash for its surge pricing at the Sundance Film Festival this January, as well as in 2014.
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