TV anchor sounds off after viewer attacks her weight

TV anchor sounds off after viewer attacks her weight

Jennifer Livingston's passionate and poignant on-air response.

If you didn't know the name Jennifer Livingston before this week, there's a pretty good chance you do now. At the very least, you know her story. No? Allow me to fill you in, because this is an amazing tale.

Jennifer Livingston is a TV news anchor at WKBT-TV in La Crosse, Wisconsin. When a viewer sent in a nasty email criticizing her for being overweight, Livingston fought back, openly addressing the local man who sent in the hurtful comments.The video of Jennifer Livingston getting her final word in on-air has gone viral, with millions of people seeing the news anchor taking action. She admits she is overweight, but she adds, "To the person who wrote me that letter, do you think I don’t know that?"  

CBS WKBT News Anchor's On-Air Response to Viewer Calling Her Fat (Oct. 2nd, 2012)



As you can see, Livingston clearly calls out the man who wrote the email, accusing her (among other things) of being a bad role model because of her weight issues. Obviously this is an extremely hurtful thing, and in fact, it's a form of bullying -- and it's wrong. Hats off to Jennifer Livingston for standing up to this viewer.

What does Jennifer Livingston's weight have to do with her ability to perform her job? Quick answer: Absolutely nothing. It doesn't matter one bit. Viewers need and want a capable, skilled and honest person to perform the job, and weight has nothing to do with it. Yes, television news is one of those rare fields where looks are part of the game, but telling this beautiful and obviously intelligent news anchor that she's setting a bad example is going way, way too far.