Posted: Oct 3, 2012 7:19 PM by Jenise Fernandez
Updated: Oct 3, 2012 7:28 PM
A Wisconsin news anchor is fighting back against a critical viewer, and raising awareness in the process. Her response to an e-mail criticizing her weight has gone viral. Jennifer Livingston is the morning anchor at WKBT in Lacrosse, Wisconsin. She's making news herself after a viewer sent an e-mail critical of her weight. In the e-mail, the viewer told Livingston she should, quote "reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy lifestyle." .Livingston tried to laugh off the comments, but her husband , alos an anchor at the station, could not. He posted the e-mail on Facebook, and an overwhelming amount of support poured in.
"You don't know me. You are not a friend of mine. You are not a part of my family, and you have admitted you don't watch this show. You know nothing about me, but what you see on the outside, and I am much more than a number on a scale," said Livingston.
Anti-bullying activist Ed Bowie calls news anchor Jennifer Livingston brave and courageous. He says it's shocking to see that even a professional can be a target of bullying.
"People think of bullying as kids on the playground, but bullying takes all forms," said Bowie.
We posted the video on our KATC Facebook page. The video received 269 "likes" and 50 comments.But it was met with mixed reviews. In one post a viewer wrote, "I watched this yesterday. I didn't think it was bullying. He didn't call her fat. And what is wrong with suggesting a public figure get to a healthy weight?" Another viewer wrote, "It's no surprise when you sign up to be in front of a camera that someone may comment on how you look."
"It's a clear case of bullying. People attacking people by any means qualifies as bullying. Those who argue 'well she is fat therefore she should be called out', is just absurd," said Bowie.
"The man who wrote that e-mail you may be talking about the fat news lady at home and your kids are going to go to school and call someone fat," said Livingston.
Bowie says this is the type of video parents should be showing their children, and teachers sharing with their students.
"It's a huge educational opportunity. teachers, classrooms, parents, people everywhere ought to have a look at this thing," said Bowie.