‘FAT’ ANCHOR HITS BACK AT BULLY
Do our television presenters and personalities have a “community responsibility” to present and promote healthy lifestyles?
That’s what one viewer in the USA thought when he wrote an email to CBS morning show presenter Jennifer Livingston saying:
“I was surprised 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. 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.”
That’s one email from an opinionated viewer, but it clearly hit a very raw nerve with Livingston, who then went on air with her right of reply, and for four minutes gave an impassioned speech about being bullied.
You can watch her reply here.
In response to the criticism of her weight, Livingston says:
“…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?
“You don’t know me, you are not a friend of mine, you are not a part of my family. You have admitted 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 a scale.”
Livingston went on to say she had a thick skin (“literally” she quips) but that her main concern was for children who might be bullied. October was, she said, was anti-bullying awareness month.
“The internet has become a weapon our schools have become a battleground. And this behaviour is learned – it is passed down from people like the man who wrote me that email.”
Is this about the danger of bullying, or about the danger of obesity?
Over to you.