After news broke that winner of Atinka TV’s plus size women reality show ‘Di Asa’ had been kicked out of an Emirates Airlines’ plane to Dubai because of her size, social media has been flooded with mixed reactions – fury, thought-provoking, mockery and to some extent, jovial.
Precious Mensah popularly known PM, alongside two runner-ups, Maafia and Gaza, as part of their prizes for emerging as winners of the 2019 contest, had a package of making a sponsored trip to Dubai but she “was disallowed to be onboard all because her body size was bigger than a single seat in Emirates Airlines’ flight,” a report by ghanacelebrities.com said.
PM, the biggest among the 47 contestants, won the hearts of many after a gruelling four rounds of different genre of dances at the grand finale held on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the Fantasy Dome. For being the ultimate winner, she walked home with a brand new saloon car, while the first runner-up received ‘Abossey Okai Macho’, with the third claiming ‘Aboboyaa’.
PM’s award was presented to her by the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Cynthia Morrison and the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Barbara Oteng-Gyasi. Aside receiving a cash prize of GH¢2,500, PM received $500 from the two ministers for shopping when she travels to Dubai as part of the winning package.
The climax of her happiness has however crashed, stoking a conversation on social media.
While some argue the decision to “kick her out of the plane” is discriminatory, others say Atinka Media Village, organisers of the event should have bought her two tickets knowing how huge PM is.