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HAPPYWRITER7 Posts: 9,723
10/4/12 3:40 P

The fact that the first things the news stations like to say is how much activity she does and how much she has done to lose weight continues the bullying. This woman is clearly just fine as she is - and the bully who now wants to say more to HELP? I am ashamed of anyone who would give that thing a platform. he needs to crawl back into the hole where he was.

ANDILH Posts: 1,543
10/4/12 2:02 P

I saw the clip the other day and was amazed at how articulate and professional she stayed during the entire segment. She didn't make excuses, she didn't give platitudes. She had a point, and she was able to make it with the help of her employers, which I thought was amazing of them as well.

LOVELYLANA9 Posts: 2,173
10/4/12 1:12 P

I admired her for her response to him...she is a class act!

10/4/12 1:03 P

What I wanna know is why didnt the person identify himself..........what was he afraid of.............. looser

MMEEAAGGX3 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/4/12 1:03 P

There are so many MORE things to worry about than being OBESE!!!!!! WHYYY do people focus on it like it's the worst thing in the world?! That poor woman! God bless the person who sent her that hate mail, because they need to focus on more important things in life!

10/4/12 12:58 P

I saw a video about her talking about it being the month to end bullying and how unacceptable the letter she received was. I personally thought she was beautiful and didn't even notice that she had weight issues.
I believe that consciousness needs to be raised that it is not acceptable to bully people who are overweight. The problem is that we are so visible. I think she was wonderfully courageuos to bring the topic out of in the open and I hope it willl lead to many discussions.

10/4/12 11:27 A

words to live by! Way to go, Jennifer!

CRYSTALDANCER SparkPoints: (107,876)
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10/4/12 11:15 A

It's that double standard that gets me all the time. It's not ok to make fun of someone for a disability, their race, color, creed, lifestyle, etc. but it's fair game to pick on people because they are overweight?! I don't think so. She is in the media and more people will see her and I know they will judge, but like others have said, just because it happens doesn't make it right.

The anchor made valid points, she knows she is overweight or has some weight to lose, and most overweight people are VERY self aware and don't need other people to tell them they are overweight.

I'm proud of Mrs. Livingston for standing up for what is right.


DIETER27 Posts: 8,948
10/4/12 10:35 A

It's ridiculous some people are so cruel and ignorant in this world. I am glad she stood up for herself with dignity.

Edited by: DIETER27 at: 10/4/2012 (10:36)
JOANIEBUG46 Posts: 4,214
10/4/12 9:55 A

it's ridiculous but there are some very cruel and ignorant people in this world. It's a fact. You just have to let go of some things and try not to be that way yourself!

KSCOWGIRRRL SparkPoints: (0)
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10/4/12 7:46 A

I am so proud of her for speaking about that bully! She isn't even that big! My station said the guy still stood by his comments. Wonder how he treats his children?

128PERFECT Posts: 3,026
10/4/12 6:12 A

She did a great job educating the ignorant jerks.

TENNISJIM Posts: 11,750
10/4/12 6:09 A

This is what our society have become....rude and intolerant

MYLEHIA Posts: 379
10/4/12 4:32 A

She did great! Shoved his foot deeper up his butt.

FITMOM1969 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/4/12 3:32 A

Yes she had an awesome response loved it, but it's a shamel the viewer could focus on only was her weight. But at the same time when you put yourself in a career to be in the public eye, your always up for scrutiny. It's not right but just the way things are and even though most people here are understanding most people outside of weight loss boards and groups and meetings aren't always as understanding and realizing about weight problems emoticon emoticon emoticon as us. I'm glad she dealt with the situation with dignity.

SCAREWALDORF SparkPoints: (0)
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10/4/12 3:21 A

I just watched this, and I thought she was really classy. A lot more classy than the person who sent the e-mail, knowing that he/she wouldn't have to suffer the discomfort of saying it to her face.

EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
10/4/12 3:12 A

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ZZYYGGY3 Posts: 2,452
10/3/12 6:11 P

I too loved the way she responded and how strong her words were. There is no need for people to be cruel just because you're in the media, or otherwise famous.

DENRNAJ SparkPoints: (117,970)
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10/3/12 6:10 P

Isn't there just enough hate in the world. We all have our problems- would be better to try to help?

WHOVIAN85 Posts: 861
10/3/12 6:05 P

I agree she did an excellent job replying back to the coward, we do need to take a stand against bullying and picking on people for their weight. Kudos for her and the station for saying something and not sweeping it under the rugs.

JASTAMPER11 SparkPoints: (57,593)
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10/3/12 5:54 P

I seen that and at first thought I was on the wrong station (it was channel 8 in the background and I watch 3).

I think she is right. Being fat or obese is not always controlable. That man did not look at her frame or how she is shaped. I do not have the hollow triangle space between my crotch and legs. I will never have is not my shape.

I wore a size 12 on top when I was a teenage weighing 115 lbs. Only a boob reduction would have gotten me to a smaller size.

I also don't like Rush Leinbaugh and them saying 'get a job'. I just got one no OT, no benefits & at a$7.50 hr. How am I to support myself let alone 2 kids? I have a degree but when there are no jobs.....

She did a great job wording her reply. I saw her on the morning show that has Gayle King. She spoke her mind well without blaming or cursing.

FITWITHIN Posts: 26,015
10/3/12 4:45 P

I saw the clip online this morning. I so, glad that she responded publicly on the issue. It's about time that we stand a stand against these cowards who think they have a right do and say what they feel against anyone they consider, not the norm in this world. Kudos to her and her employer.

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
10/3/12 1:59 P

KUDOS to this woman for speaking up!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and KUDOS to the station for letting her!!!!!!!
I'm sorry I don't need to be watching a size 2 to get my weather or news, I don't care what size the person is as long as they can do the job!
Why didn't this person show a picture of himself? So, she could judge him/her!

FEDGIRL4 Posts: 2,185
10/3/12 12:56 P

People can be cruel.

I am not saying it is right, but media does have an image it likes to maintain. We have made strides in acceptable appearances over the years. Women can now wear slacks, Cindy Crawford with her mole, Elle being a plus size model. In the DC area, reporters are shown at the waist or the chest depending on how much weight they gain or lose. Just like many of the male anchors wear hair pieces.

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
10/3/12 12:35 P

People can be really cruel. It's sad.

CRYSTALDANCER SparkPoints: (107,876)
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10/3/12 12:19 P

I saw the anchor, Jennifer Livingston, on Good Morning America this morning. She and her husband both work for the same news station and they were both being interviewed. Apparently she received a really rude letter from a viewer about her physical appearance.

Here's a link to read more about it:

It's just a shame that she's being blasted for her size. On Good Morning America she mentioned she has a thyroid issue, is a mom of 3 children, but still exercises 2-3 times a week and did a 5k for charity last weekend. She was completely professional, a class act throughout the interview. Good for her!

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