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Did You See This News Story on Bullying?

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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Just caught this clip on Facebook...looks like it's making the rounds. But if you haven't seen it yet...I thought it was just perfect for SparkPeople.

What a strong woman. We can all learn from this beautiful lady!


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    Aw, I wanted to see it but the link sent me to an Error 404. Is there an alternative way to get to it?
    1805 days ago
    That was an absolutely beautiful news story.
    1812 days ago
    Thanks for sharing!
    1824 days ago
    what goes around comes around.
    1886 days ago
    emoticon if we all learn and work together.
    1886 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/15/2012 11:36:04 AM
  • DUTCH1811
    Thank you for sharing.
    1887 days ago
    Thanks for the link I will take a look when I gat a chance.

    1890 days ago
  • 52114ME
    Thanks for sharing the link.
    She handled it really well.
    It is a bummer that bullies get away with such awful things.

    Enjoy your day.
    1890 days ago
    It's obvious she was hired for her talent and brains, not because she looks like a model. I don't think she looks obese, overweight maybe, but we all know the camera adds inches.
    I like the fact that she turned the criticism into a constructive commentary about bullying.
    And yes, she is beautiful.
    1892 days ago
    1893 days ago
    We really are a superficial society, and for those of us who don;t conform because we can't, it is very difficult. I'm 6ft 2, and about to lose all my hair, and whilst I believe that I can contribute meaningfully to society, I'm already dealing with people who think I'm 'weird'.
    Brave lady!

    Thanks for sharing this info, I hadn't seen it, and it is inspiring to read such stories!
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    1894 days ago
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    1895 days ago
    I don't think the lady is obese - overweight, yes - and she looks cheery and strong and looking good so I don't think she's hurting herself and set bad example.

    Besides, whoever wrote the email, most probably doesn't know well of her - she probably looks like no different physically after years of in the show but behind the scene, she's probably living in healthy, fit lifestyle :D Overweight doesn't mean you're not healthy!

    Anyhow, applaud to her for responding the email in positive way instead of throwing fit and leash out mad, crazy words!
    1896 days ago
  • REENIE131
    I kind of wish there were a way to see the person that wrote the email. I'm guessing they must be absolutely perfect if they feel they have the right to point out another person's perceived faults.
    1896 days ago
  • BANDMOM2012
    1896 days ago
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  • CLEO27
    No one should judge a book by it's cover. If you are comfortable in your own skin who's business is it?
    1897 days ago
    Thanks for sharing
    1897 days ago
  • HEATHER3477
    1897 days ago
  • CAM2438
    Thank-you for sharing such a great story! emoticon
    1897 days ago
    She rocked it! And I loved how she found the strength when she thought about her daughters. And I loved that her husband was the first to step up for her.
    1897 days ago
    She's right. It's so easy to dash off comments on the internet which people would never say face to face. Unfortunately, these comments have a much wider audience than the face to face ones. As the mother of a middle school child, I dread the day when he comes to me to tell me what horrible thing is circulating about him. (Notice I said "when" not "if" - things are brutal out there and MOST children are the target negative comments that go public these days). Best thing we can do is give our kids the kind of resiliance that this lady has.
    1897 days ago
  • GLMOM2
    emoticon Jennifer on her speaking up on this issue!

    She is one strong lady to be able to do that as calmly as she did on live television. She is amazing!

    Thanks for sharing this with SparkWorld.
    1897 days ago
    emoticon I'm glad that she spoke up! I'm also so glad that she did it so graciously and used it as a teachable moment for all those people out there who are bullied and put down because of their weight, race, acne, etc. What an awesome story!
    1897 days ago
  • LADYBUG546
    She is inspirational along with her husband who took as stance for her as well. It also shows great admiration as an adult to speak out when bullied showing our youth how to speak out as well.
    1897 days ago
  • ALEX3440
    I wonder if there isn't a trend fast developing.....for those being bullied to no longer remain silent but to become very forthcoming and thereby garner support that they otherwise would have never had
    I sure hope so........I believe the decent people in society will show their support and hopefully, we still, outnumber the bullies
    1897 days ago
    what a wonderful woman!! emoticon
    1897 days ago
  • ANNE1123
    Great post, thank you!!
    1897 days ago
  • ESME25
    1897 days ago
  • SBRAN833
    I actually live about 25 mins away from where the news station is, and this just makes everyone so proud that while she only meant it to go locally to the dinner table conversation it is now a HUGE impact on society! She is truly an inspiration with such an powerful message to the world and I love seeing her on the news every night!!
    1897 days ago
    So if she was thin the guy that wrote would say what a great role model she is. He would assume she eats right and exercises. The truth could of been that she is addicted to pain pills or has to sniff cocaine before she goes on the air or only eats junk food but is naturally thin.

    I think she is a woman to be envied. She has a wonderful husband who she gets to work with and they both have lucrative jobs as anchors. He is loving and supportive of her and they have three healthy daughters. Ya, it sure looks like being overweight gave her a miserable life. (saying sarcastically)

    A good or bad role model should be what's on the inside and not what's on the outside. I'm sure this man who is quick to criticize has an issue or two himself. We all do being human.

    1897 days ago
    1897 days ago
    I saw that video on CNN.com! Thought it was AWESOME. Although CNN didn't provide any additional backstory or commentary, so I didn't get the full details until I clicked on your link and then went to the woman's husband's facebook page. Did you see the interview the local station did with her after she made all this national news? It's a great interview....until they read the original d-bag's response to all of this attention where he takes the opportunity to say again that he hopes she will set a good example and lose the weight. Sigh. Way to miss the point, dude.
    1898 days ago
  • AML05030
    I grew up as the internet grew up-- I am glad my generation didn't use it's vastly accessible abilities to bully me. It's something I wonder about with my own kids; what will be the new FB or myspace when they grow up? Will they use it to hurt or harm others?

    Hopefully, bullying will no longer be a problem by that time.
    1898 days ago
  • THOMS1
    emoticon for sharing.
    1898 days ago
  • ANJELIA1968
    Thanks for sharing this. I had heard a little about this story on yesterday's news but had not read the full details. I love how her husband is standing up for her too! Just proves that we aren't alone in this world, and people do still care about doing the right thing!
    I do think that we sometimes take "bullying" to the extreme, and we do need to teach our children that it is a cruel reality in this life. The fact of the matter is that there are jerks in the world who enjoy hurting others and exploiting whatever weaknesses they can find. Those people are wrong, but we have to exist with them around. I think it's just as important to teach our children to stand up for themselves against the bullies, and to not let these cruel words shape their self-images. I consider Jennifer's story an even greater contribution in that respect!
    1898 days ago
    Good for her to stick up for herself.

    Sadly we are a superficial society. .... and are judged on our looks.

    1898 days ago
  • WILSON1926
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    1898 days ago
    I saw it too, it's a shame people resort to this type of communication.
    1898 days ago
    I honestly don't think the person who wrote it had bullying in mind - yes it was a stupid and mean thing to say. I don't consider this bullying I consider this down right rude which is a huge problem in our country right now. People are just becoming really rude.

    That old sayings of "If you have nothing nice to say don't say anything at all" Or how about "do onto others as you would have them do on to you" (sorry if the wording is off! LOL) these seam to be missing in alot of the people I have talked to recently.

    I think we need a National Rudeness Awareness Month!
    1898 days ago
  • NEWMOM20121
    Well said.
    1898 days ago
  • MICHELLE_H0501
    How very graceful in how she responded to that letter. Although I doubt that the person who wrote it will learn anything from it however; the many people that go through life being bullied just might finally realize there own self worth.
    1898 days ago
  • AJB121299
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    1898 days ago
    How hard was that for her to stand there and admit that she knows she overweight? I give her so much credit for addressing that on live t.v. I don't know if I could have done that. She is a beautiful woman and I really admire her for what she did!
    1898 days ago
    Loved what she said. It's silly to think that a heavier person is less competent at news reporting, and she makes a great point, that she knows she is fat. It's no new revelation. I always think that myself, I know I am fat, do I need someone to tell me? No. Great post. emoticon
    1898 days ago
  • NIKO27
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  • DRB13_1
    I saw it on FB too - so well said!
    1898 days ago
    Thank emoticon
    1898 days ago
    Love people for who they are!!!! ..... I just loved watching Jennifer respond back so intellectual and and mature to an obtuse and simple-minded person. emoticon
    1898 days ago
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