Jennifer Livingston bully email: TV news anchor fights back on viewer’s letter bullying her health (Video)

By on Oct 3, 2012 in Lifestyle, Television, United States Comments

Jennifer Livingston, a WKBT TV news anchor, fights back on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 against a bully email letter sent to her by an unknown viewer, as shown in the video below. She read the letter live on TV and later responded on it.

Jennifer Livingston

WKBT TV news anchor Jennifer Livingston,
reading the bully email sent to her

Image Credit: WKBT video

As aired at WKBT, a CBS-affiliated TV station in La Crosse, Wisconsin on Tuesday morning, Jennifer Livingston read the email titled “Community Responsibility,” which she said came from a viewer that apparently criticized her appearance.

“Hi Jennifer, It’s unusual that I see your morning show, but I did so for a very short time today. I was surprised indeed to witness that your physical condition hasn’t improved for many years. Surely you don’t consider yourself a suitable example for this community’s young people, girls in particular.” The letter reads.

“Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain. I leave you this note hoping that you’ll reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy lifestyle.” The letter added.

“Now those of us in the media, we get a healthy dose of critiques from our viewers throughout the year, and we realize that it comes with having a job in the public eye. But this email was more than that.” Ms. Livingston said, after reading the email live on TV.

“The truth is: I am overweight. You could call me fat and, yes, even obese on a doctor’s chart, but to the person who wrote me that letter – do you think I don’t know that? That your cruel words are pointing out something that I don’t see?” Livingston added, who is married to fellow WKBT anchor Mike Thompson.

“You don’t know me. You are not a friend of mine. You are not a part of my family. And you have admitted that you don’t watch this show. So you know nothing about me but what you see on the outside. And I am much more than a number on the scale.” Livingston continued.

Jennifer Livingston also reminded the TV viewers that October is National Bullying Prevention Month and bully emails like the one she read are telling children that is alright to bully someone. She later thanked her family, friends, and colleagues for the support on her courage to fight bullying.


WKBT TV news anchor Jennifer Livingston, fighting back on bully letter
Video Credit: estephano80/YouTube/WKBT



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