Reporting Tony Zazza
Jennifer Livingston of WKBT in Wisconsin recently received this email from a viewer:
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. Surely 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.
Livingston took a moment out of her Tuesday morning newscast to directly address the email.
Livingston makes excellent points about the example that the viewer is setting for their children. She also pointed out that October is National Anti 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.”
The video has started to go viral, and Ellen Degeneres has even tweeted it out. Lets hope that Livingston’s anti-bullying message can help make a difference.