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TV Anchor Blasts Viewer Who Calls Her 'Fat'

What did a TV news anchor do when a viewer called her fat? She didn't cry or ignore it--she took to the airwaves and used the hateful email as an opportunity to promote acceptance and fight bullying.
Jennifer Livingston is a role model for standing up for herself and not letting anyone bully people for their appearances! Need some motivation to love your body? Here are five ways to follow Jennifer's lead
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LOUISEANN56 2/11/2021 5:16:40 AM
I think we each need to look at our own images and not mess with someone else’s. We don’t know what kind of health they are in- we are using our own judgements. It’s not right to bully whether it is weight - skin color or clothes someone might wear. Basically look at our own set of problems and not try to force our opinions on others. Just try to be happy and healthy. Report
HARRIETT14 10/30/2020 9:40:38 AM
Well said. Thank you for the thousands of people in this world who has been bullied in one way or another. Report
CARD512002 10/27/2020 5:52:35 AM
I love what you said Jennifer...You are so right, there are so many bullies. I was bullied when I was in grade school about being fat and it hurt me a lot and to this day I am still a little over weight and it makes me feel bad about myself. Thank you for sharing this video Report
MAZDAWD50 10/13/2020 9:16:31 AM
There is such a sense of entitlement, of rights in society today and the right to free speech means to some that they can say anything they want to anyone. What there isn't a lot of in those that feel this way is common sense, compassion, empathy, common courtesy or a sense of when they are crossing a line. And it is true that a faceless social media post empowers them to say things they wouldn't have the courage to in person. This was a wonderful response to a situation that is becoming all to common these days and is only getting worse. Report
AGEJEW 10/13/2020 8:23:58 AM
Well said! Report
RACHAEL2020 9/1/2020 3:08:32 PM
Leave Jennifer alone! Report
HANOVERLADY 8/12/2020 8:05:47 PM
I can't figure out why some people feel entitled to comment on things that are none of their business. Way to go, Jennifer! Report
SUNSHINE101565 8/1/2020 11:26:42 PM
SO SAD Report
SUNSHINE101565 8/1/2020 11:23:51 PM
YOU ARE A
QUEEN Report
SW33TG33KGIRL 7/29/2020 2:10:21 AM
Some people don't think of the consequences of their words before it leaves their mouths. The guy is a jerk, and telling someone what he told her is not his place, She knows her own self, you don't need to point it out to make yourself feel better. He seems like such a negative and cranky person. I am glad she set him straight. Report
CONNIE10071961 6/12/2020 9:49:41 AM
I am inspired by this woman! She has such a strong sense of self and the courage to lead others in obtaining this as well. She is a true leader! Report
GRITTYBEAR 6/11/2020 9:43:02 PM
I personally am very happy she stood up to the guy. You don't have a right to address a person's weight like that. People that are obese know they are obese and don't need to have it pointed out to them. It is disrespectful and rude. No one knows the situation she is in, just like no one knows my situation.

That man doing that is EXACTLY like the high school students I teach. They say nasty and rude things to each other via social media or other ways because they don't feel the effects of what they say when they talk through a computer. She let that guy know how his asinine comment made her feel. She wasn't being petty or out of line.

It reminds me of the nasty comments Julian Anderson felt were justified to say about Lizzo in during an interview several months ago. Why do people feel that it is ok to do that? It is ridiculous! Report
KATRENIAH 2/19/2020 1:43:57 PM
To those who say that this man was just pointing out something to her, I ask this: what was he expecting to get out of this? I guarantee you that most people not would look at an unsolicited negative opinion from a complete stranger as anything other than rude. Ask yourself this: would you go up to a heavy set person in the grocery store and say that you think that they should be a better role model by losing weight? How would that help that person in any way? She reacted with class and dignity to a person who either didn't think his message through or just wanted to push forward his opinion without regard to the person's feelings. I applaud her for using it as a way to empower others. We're allowed our opinions and thoughts, but that doesn't mean that we always have to share them when they are more about shoving our feelings onto others than about actually helping others, and that's the difference between a wonderful, safe, and ecouraging space like Sparkpeople and other sites that focus more on putting people down than empowering them. Report
KHALIA2 2/19/2020 7:53:24 AM
You told them off in a very nice way, Jennifer! Much better than I would have told them!!!! Report
KHALIA2 12/29/2019 9:59:36 AM
Guess you told them!!! Report