A news anchor in LaCrosse, Wis., received a harsh email from a viewer about her weight and responded with an awesome, televised tirade against online bullying.
Jennifer Livingston of WKBT-TV read this letter from a viewer:
“Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain,” the viewer wrote, for no reason at all.
“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’s husband, a fellow WKBT anchor, posted the email on Facebook and received an outpouring of support. Moved by this, she called the writer out as a bully.
“The truth is I am overweight,” Livingston said.
“You can call me fat and yes, even obese on a doctor’s chart. To the person who wrote me that letter, do you think I don’t know that? Your cruel words are pointing out something I don’t see?"
"You don’t know me. You are not a friend of mine. You are not a part of my family, and you admitted that you don’t watch this show so you know nothing about me besides what you see on the outside - and I am much more than a number on a scale.”
After pointing out that this kind of behavior likely influences the man's kids to behave the same way at school and perpetuate the cycle, she concluded, “We are better than that bully. We are better than this email. We are better than the bullies that would try to take us down.”