Skip to comments.TV anchor Jennifer Livingston blasts viewer who attacked her weight
Posted on 10/03/2012 5:51:11 AM PDT by RochesterNYconservative
A local news anchor took the air Tuesday to blast a viewer who attacked her for being overweight.
Jennifer Livingston of WKBT in La Crosse, Wis., slammed the viewer on-air after he wrote in to complain that Livingston wasn't "a suitable example for this community's young people, girls in particular" because of her size.
"I was surprised indeed to witness that your physical condition hasn't improved for many years," the viewer wrote in the email titled "Community Responsibility."
"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 quickly went viral after her husband, fellow WKBT anchor Mike Thompson posted it to his Facebook page Friday, telling followers that it made him "sick to his stomach."
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Ask any sailor—anchors are supposed to be heavy.
The viewer was obviously a Michelle obama in the making!
PHOOEY to her, and TRIPLE-PHOOEY to Michelle obama, the weight Nazi!!!!
Their FCC license should be revoked.
You don’t spend 15 minutes of broadcast time lambasting a private emailer without offering rebuttal time.
Oh, grow up and stop begging for attention.
Ms. Livingston actually has no public responsibility regarding health or fitness (although she has a responsibility to herself and her family). If her employer finds her appearance satisfactory, that's that, as far as the public is concerned.
I'll bet the station management is cheering all this free publicity! One even wonders whether the whole thing might be a setup to increase ratings and page views at the station's website ...
There is a reason I watch Fox News for Megan Kelly and not MSNBC and Rachel Madcow. I am a dude, and I like my women anchorwomen thin and attractive. Shoot me!
Good for Jennifer! She stuck up for herself nicely and it’s nice to see someone who doesn’t look like a stick figure on a news program.
Totally agree...she whined...it was beyond pathetic. News people should have...excuse me for the mean pun...”thicker skin.”
With so many hot news babes on air, why would you willing watch a fat one?
PS - I get my weather from the spanish language channels.
She’s fat. She can either accept it or change it, but instead she and her husband decided to make an issue of it. Their choice.
Calling someone ‘fatty’ or ‘obese’ a hate crime in Britain
British MPs have suggested that calling someone “fatty” or “obese” should be considered a hate crime on a par with racism or homophobia. Generations of children have traded banter - or bullying, depending on your perspective - about body weight in the schoolyard, and Enid Blyton even named one of her characters “Fatty” in her Five Find-Outers series.
just don’t call me late for dinner, fatty.
However, when I trolled on Huffington Post, I noticed the anger toward anyone who dared attack her weight. But find any thread on NJ Gov. Christie on HuffPost, and all have posts calling him vile names about his weight. I am pointing out liberals are double standards scum.
I love Kelly Cass on the Weather Channel...not bone thin, but beautiful with great gams.
I don’t watch newscasts because I’m so sick of their preaching to us about health and environmental hazards. If this chick was getting a dose of her own medicine, I don’t feel so sorry for her but I presume that, at a small town station, she probably has other reasons for her size, not the least of which is enduring those Wisconsin winters.
The good news for the station is that now everyone is going to watch the program to see how fat she really is.
My bet is that it was some Lib writing this letter. Those oh so tolerant Libs are usually the ones who mock fat Red State Americans who shop at Walmart.
I'm sorry, I don't like to see fat women. If she wants to be fat, thats fine - its her prerogative. But I don't have to like it and she shouldn't have monopolized that much time simply to whine and feel sorry for herself.
Yeah... it’s such a struggle to stop cramming food into your fat face!
First- The person who sent the email is rude and an insensitive clod. Its not his business (or anyone elses) what a person weighs (this is especially true of the government).
Second- The news anchor protests too much. Every idiot with an opinion has email capability. If you dont make an idiot’s opinion public it fades into nothingness. That what should have happened here. If she was offended, confront the clod in private, dont broadcast it
I worry about Chris Christie’s liberalism...not about his weight.
She's a morning anchor, probably mostly watched by women who will feel better about themselves in comparison to her.
This woman is NOT on the air to be a “role model”. It’s a job. “Role models” come in many different forms. Manager of a department store, a chef, a barber, a carpenter. Should they lose weight because it might have a negative impact on those that see them?
What’s next? Stop smoking? Dress better? Get a toupee?
I disagree. She did exactly the right thing and she did it with class.
That explains the popularity of unwatchable shows like The View.
So, Edward R Murrow, Ernie Pyle, and Walter Cronkite were never seen as role models? I disagree.
How shallow you are!
Under Obamacare, it will be everyone’s business. Obese people are generally less healthy, will cost taxpayers more money, and will use a disproportionate amount of the country’s limited healthcare resources.
Now, it’s none of my business. It may be one day.
She can look however she wants and her employer can determine if she is 'qualified' and does a 'good' job as they see fit.
This is another first world problem, where people have nothing else to bitch about or complain about except some person trying to make a living and pay the bills.
Isnt that what the first lady is doing..in the schools
Men are visual, more so than women. It does not make myself or men who think like myself “shallow,” any more than women who obsess on how much money a man makes, for suitability for dating or marriage.
I see both sides at fault here. On the one hand, I don’t think Jennifer Livingston should have spent all that time responding on the air. She could have just as easily shot back an email to the guy saying the same thing. On the other hand, after seeing the guy’s comments to her, I get the impression that he is an arrogant jerk who probably makes a habit of looking down his nose at other people, and finds reasons to tear them down.
She’s an anchor all right...
I agree with you. It’s the same reason I watch the news on Univision, and I don’t speak Spanish!
There are a couple of female anchors here who routinely get dumped on for being fat. Both of them have at least five kids.
Coincidence????? (especially when women like Camryn Manheim get a pass)
What a coincidence that this should come up during anti-bullying month & give them another PC platform to stand on.
The viewer wrote a personal note to her and SHE made it a media event.
She gets no credit from me.
Rather like when Congress was condemning political vitriol and Al Franken was sitting in the Senate at the time.
You DO know where the good stuff is...
she’s not too bad to tell you the truth.
Bonitas tetas....um, sonrisa.
Careful now, guys - dem BigAssas be the new minority and be demandin deys rights.
Seriously, though - I have pins in my heel from an old skiing + military injury and must spend $180 per pair of custom made shoe inserts so I don’t walk with a limp. You oughta see the tribe of grossly overweight middle aged couch potatoes (mostly female) in the waiting room every time I’m there. I commented on this to the technician - his answer: “Every day I want to scream at these fools: Loose some fu*kin’ weight, get off your big butt, get out and exercise, and you’ll be fine.”
The poor guy dedicated his career to help the handicapped. The last time I was there he was waiting on a 300#, 5’2” slob.
Her response is a classic fat person response.
She is quick with words and low on actions.
Is she blaming a medical condition?
Is her weight George Bush’s fault?
Is she waiting for Obama to fix her fat?
I agree with Rochester.. like my women fit...would never date or marry a chubby or fat women no matter how nice they are personality wise..
The problem we have in todays society is fat acceptance and it should not be that way..no reason for any person to be fat..very unfair to their spouse if they were thin before marriage and got fat afterwards..would be serious grounds for divorce in my book.
Your post was the first post to make me chuckle in over two years...this used to be a pretty funny place...thanks for bringing it back.
You know, wee paws for station identification.
>> classic fat person response... quick with words and low on actions.
Outta the park, baby, outta the park!
Si senor, muy muy caliente. Univision does it right when it comes to their anchorwomen.