Jennifer Livingston, a news anchor in La Crosse, Wisconsin, became a victim of bullying from one of the viewers of her show, WKBT New 8 This Morning. The viewer made some outrageous attacks criticizing her weight. The note from this viewer went as followed:
“Hi, Jennifer. It’s unusual that I see your morning show, but I did so for a very short time today. I was surprised indeed to witness that your physical condition hasn’t improved for many years. Sure you don’t consider yourself a suitable example for this community’s young people, girls in particular. Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain. I leave you this note hoping that you’ll reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy lifestyle.”
Her husband is also a news anchor at the same station. He posted this message on his Facebook page for the world to see. Jennifer was amazed at the hundreds of viewers who responded to the post. She said that the response from all of these people was “truly inspiring.”
Words can hurt
Though Jennifer was hurt by this cruel e-mail, it did not stop her from standing up to her bully Tuesday morning on her show. She mentioned in the video that she was overweight, but she knew that. She continued to go on to say that the man who wrote that note does not know her. She said in response to his note, “You know nothing about me but what you see on the outside. I am much more than a number on a scale.”
Jennifer continues on to say that these words do not mean a thing to her, but it scares her that some children don’t know any better than what bullies say. Some children receive mean e-mails and texts that are far worse than the one above on a daily basis. It also worried her that people were at home talking about the “fat” news lady because their children are going to hear that and may go to school and talk about the fat news lady. Then they would start to believe that it is alright to talk about people in that way.
Jennifer’s ending remark
She left her audience with these words that are truly inspiring:
“To all of the children out there who feel lost, who are struggling with your weight, with the color of your skin, your sexual preference, your disability, even the acne on your face, listen to me right now. Do not let your self-worth be defined by bullies. Learn from my experience, that the cruel words of one are nothing compared to the shouts of many.”
With this message in mind, we need to end bulling. Hopefully together we can rise up and take a stand. We don’t need anyone else to be hurt or take their life because of bulling.