News Anchor Stands Up For Herself On Live TV
|October 2, 2012||Posted by Katy under Current Events, Debates, Inner Musings, Inspiration|
Tonight I don’t have a Training Tip Tuesday post because I really wanted to share and pass along this video if you have not seen it already.
In La Crosse, Wisconsin, WKBT News 8 This Morning Anchor Jennifer Livingston did something (in my eyes) incredible.
Last week, she received a letter from a viewer who criticized her about appearance and weight. The letter stated that she should not consider herself to be an example for those in her community because of her weight.
She said that she initially tried to shrug it off but after her husband and fellow news anchor for the station posted the letter on his Facebook page, the responses supporting Ms. Livingston started flooding in.
I’ll let the video do the talking but I do think it was a bold move for her to address it publicly over the airwaves.
I really think that she is sending a powerful message to not only to her community, but to everyone at large.
I know that I have been put down about my weight more times than I can count. Most of the comments came when I was bullied all through middle school and continued through high school (although a lot more behind my back). I’ve even received comments as recently as a couple of months ago. Comments like “You work out but don’t look like it” or “You run so much but don’t look like a runner” hurt. I am still working on trying not to let a number on a scale define me but let’s face it, it is not an easy mindset to change.
I think Ms. Livingston is a beautiful woman, inside and out and I applaud her for making a stand and being a good example, especially for her daughters. I know that I wish that I had stood up for myself and confronted my bullies because I truly think that I would not have had as many issues with my body image today (but that is for an entirely different post). What provokes a person to make rude comments to someone about their weight (either directly or indirectly) is beyond me.
Although I know that she will never see this, I want to thank Ms. Livingston for standing up for herself and sending such a powerful message. It definitely struck a chord and resonated within me.
Please share this video to everyone you know. I hope more people will see this video and spread Ms. Livingston’s message to children and adults everywhere!
What are your thoughts and reactions to the video? I’d love to hear them!