News Anchor Called Fat, Goes OFF on Bullying in Awesome TV Tirade

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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.”


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Where does this man get off. He is the one who is not a role madel fro children by his bullying. What ever happen to determining a persons worth, she has a career, supports her children by putting a roof over their heads, food on the table and provides them with a loving home. This loving mother is not drawing welfare and living on the skirt tails of the government. I am overweight myself, who works. I am a volunteer a firefighter/first responder, get down on the floor and play with my grandchildren, own my own home and am married to the most wonderful man in the world, skinny is not everything. I am financiall responsible, I do not live on the skirt tails of the government nor do I expect others to give me a place to live or pay my bills, what do you call that, responsibility. How is that for a role model!!! Size does not mean everything, being a responible adult does. Push back at the bully, he has nothing on her, he needs to be a responsible, respectful adult.


she used a tv platform to blow up an emailer, hardly seems like counter-bullying to me, more like an overreaction.


When did critisism become bullying. With that being said, I don't know how this person felt that he had the right to say anything about her, but he did. This women said that his words don't matter to her, but the truth is they did. Now she did own it, but why bring bullying, race, and sxuality into it. Why? Becasue you don't want to fully own that you are fat!!!


I thought fat people were suppose to be jolly?

@ Richie

You tell me, are you jolly or not Santa Claus?

@ Matt

Hi Matt,
Sorry...I was not talking to you. I was speaking with everyone in general. Again, This world a few years back in the 80's heavyset was unhealthy. I know about acceptance and no discrimination stuff but, the woman is in the public eye and people see she is obese and that is also setting a bad example for children actually. Children will think it is okay to be obese.

@ Matt

Since, when did criticism become bullying. She is out in the public eye and needs to set an example. I can see a few pounds overweight but, she is OBESE and that is not setting the right example being in the public eye and people will comment. Most anchor woman are slim. She stands out. WTF did she expect?


Apparently the guy who said that is a major A-HOLE....hooray for that lovely news anchor!


Just looking for your 15 min of fame? Hoping someone will send you thousands of dollars? I see your response as no better than the person who sent you the letter an a shameful attempt to gain public attention.

@ MrSmith

I don't think somone who is a news anchor needs 15 minutes of fame. She's already on TV and has loyal people watching her show. Even though I am not one of them, people like you and the person who wrote the email need to be called out upon. If the lady is overweight she doesn't look it and if she doesn't have any health problems then I see no reason she should lose the weignt. She is who she is. Also, I doubt she is looking at the money side, her and her husband both work as news anchors. I bet you have been bullied and then became the person who bullied. You also probably don't have a family because a person with children wouldn't act the way you do. Without being a bully to you there is some serious growing up you need to do. People are different and thank goodness we all are as I wouldn't want to live you life.


Lets see, a person sends a PRIVATE message to the women expressing the truth and the women retaliates PUBLICLY (sorry but you are fat, get over it or loose the weight) So which one is the bully?