After a TV journalist from LaCrosse, WI, received a hurtful email from a viewer, she could have ignored it or written him back privately. Instead, Jennifer Livingston of WKBT-TV did something way more awesome: She addressed his letter (never mentioning him by name) on a local news segment that's spreading quickly online.
On Tuesday Livingston read aloud the email she received from a viewer who was offended by her weight. “Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain,” the viewer wrote. “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 morning anchor admits that part of being in the public eye means accepting criticism from her audience, but she chose to address this incident publicly because "it has become a talking point in this community," she says.
When her husband, also an anchor at WKBT-TV, posted the email to Facebook, the response was sudden and overwhelmingly positive. Still, Livingston wanted to address the hurtful words because, she says, "I am a grown woman, and I have a very thick skin...but there are children who get emails as critical as the one I received, or in many cases, even worse. The Internet has become a weapon; our schools have become a battleground, and this behavior is learned. If you are at home and you are talking about the 'fat news lady,' your children are probably going to go to school and call someone fat."
Watch the video below to catch her full response, and then tell us what you think. Did she handle this the right way? Share you thoughts in the comments!