Jenna Vecchio was just trying to get her workout on Saturday morning when she was humiliated and body shamed by gym staffers because of her tank top.
In short: this is some serious bullsh*t right here.
According to Metro, Vecchio was pulled aside by a female supervisor at Movati, a gym located in Ottawa, Canada, about her attire. Apparently her tank top was deemed “too small” for her large breasts and she was making other clients uncomfortable.
On the bright side (and this is said with sarcasm here), Vecchio was offered a t-shirt so she could finish her workout in peace.
Naturally, Vecchio was mortified and left. “I said I can’t help it that my chest may appear larger than some other women’s here because of my small frame, but I can’t do anything about it,” Vecchio explained in a recent interview with Metro. “I felt humiliated. I was made to feel uncomfortable. I felt degraded.”
She posted the following to Facebook shortly after leaving the gym:
Yeah… that’s not bad at all. I’ve seen people wear less on the streets of New York City. Everyone needs to relax.
Movati spokesperson Sean Whittal has since responded with an emailed statement, saying members are asked to wear “modest athletic attire” and Vecchio’s top was not seen as being in-line with the dress code.
Here’s the full statement:
At Movati Athletic, we strive daily to create an atmosphere where all our members feel welcome, feel comfortable and feel healthy. We ask members to be respectful of each other when in the gym, to include wearing modest athletic attire and appropriate shoes, limiting cell phone usage and keeping the facility clean. It is important to us that all members have a positive experience at Movati, and we take their needs and feelings very seriously. As such, on Saturday when some members of our gym voiced complaints regarding Ms. Vecchio’s attire as it made them feel uncomfortable and was seen as being contrary to our dress code policy our staff assessed the situation and spoke to Ms. Vecchio. While in no way did we intend to embarrass her, we did feel we had to address the issue. We are still looking into the matter, and would be happy to sit down and speak with Ms. Vecchio in more detail as we continue to investigate the incident.
– Sean Whittal, Area Director, Ottawa, Movati Athletic Group
I also have a complaint: Sean Whittal, you and your gym clients are d*cks. Sorry not sorry.