“fat” news lady…

WKBT anchor Jennifer Livingston took a moment during Tuesday’s morning newscast (Oct. 2, 2012) to directly address a recent email she received from a viewer complaining about her weight.

“To the person who wrote me that letter — do you think I don’t know that? That your cruel words are pointing out something that I don’t see?” Livingston asked in response. “You don’t know me. You are not a friend of mine. You are not a part of my family. And you have admitted that you don’t watch this show. So you know nothing about me but what you see on the outside. And I am much more than a number on the scale.”

Livingston went on to say that October is National Bullying Month, and that she hopes her response to the email will serve to raise awareness of bullying behavior, which is “passed down from people like the man who wrote me that email.”

“If you are at home and talking about the fat news lady, guess what? Your children are probably going to go to school and call someone fat,” Livingston said.

Livingston thanked friends, family and colleagues, saying, “I will never be able to thank you enough for your words of support, and for taking a stand against this bully. We are better than that email. We are better than the bullies that will try to take us down.”


3 thoughts on ““fat” news lady…

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  2. Saw your article in “Glamour”. Was surpirsed to see that your are from La Crosse. My greart grandfather helped start La Crosse boot company. He and my grandfather had a shoe store down town in La crosse. Five of my relative are buried in La Crosse, plus my great uncle Huge Cooper and many more. Great way to handle people who don’t have a clue. We all struggle with our weight, it’s a daily thing. Keep on Trucken! Guy Batchelder

  3. I also saw the piece Glamour did and admire your courge to tell people how it is and to do something about if the future generation. Bullying was rough when i was in high school 10 yrs ago, but with the rapid growth of socail networks, its way more harsh and more public. I hope we as Americans will raise our children to be more accepting of the differences of others not matter how big or small they may seem. It is never right to make your self feel better by putting others down. We as a nation need to take a stand and be united on ending bulling not only in schools, but at the work place, homes and everywhere in between. TAKE A STAND AMERICA, TAKE A STAND LIKE Jennifer Livingston!!!!

Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data, ability to repeat discredited memes, and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Also, be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor even implied. Any irrelevancies you can mention will also be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous :)

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