This morning in La Crosse, Wisconsin, a woman not only stood up for herself, but for people everywhere who have been fat-shamed. WKBT News 8 This Morning anchor Jennifer Livingston responded today, on air, to an email she received on Friday from a man who claimed to be "concerned" about the "message" Jennifer is sending to the community. You see, Jennifer is overweight, and the email writer wants her to reconsider her role as a public personality, lest kids see her on TV and decide that ... that ... that what, email writer?
That people who are overweight can be smart? They can have jobs? They can be on TV? They can be more than just a number on a scale?
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Obviously, Jennifer was offended by the note, but her response to her hater is nothing but clear-minded, poignant, and graceful. You have to watch.
What I like most about Jennifer's message is that she mentions the trickle-down effect -- she points out that as long as there are parents calling newscasters fat in their living room, there will be children on the playground picking on the husky kid, the heavy teacher ... or the overweight bus monitor.
There is, in fact, a silver lining to this story -- Jennifer says she's also had an outpouring of support from viewers who clearly know right from wrong. Just as one jerk decided he was the community health monitor and that Jennifer posed a risk, many others decided to stand up for an accomplished news anchor and mother of three girls -- girls who I hope are extremely proud of their mother today.
What do you think of Jennifer's response?