Target: News Anchor for Lacrosse WI, Jennifer Livingston
Goal: Give support to news anchor Jennifer Livingston, who received a hateful email from a bully, and take a stand against bullying of every kind
Recently, a local news anchor received an email telling her she is too fat for television. The incident unwrapped the problem of appearance on the local station, and Jennifer Livingston did not stand by idly. Appearance is an issue for everyone, especially younger generations that are constantly bombarded with magazine ads and television shows displaying beautiful skin, perfect hair, and physiques near impossible to attain. Livingston fought back on Wisconsin’s CBS affiliate WKBT with a powerful speech directed at young people about the importance of accepting others and themselves for who they are, regardless of they way they look.
The disgusting note Livingston received contained the following content: “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. 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.” Livingston stated that public figures are often critiqued for their professions, but that this note was “more than that.” In a few short minutes, she powerfully demonstrated the severity and reality of a very different and dangerously real habit that plagues our society: negative self-image.
Her speech was inspirational for every young person, addressing a range of relatable issues from weight, skin color, sexual preference, disabilities, and even acne. The point? Love yourself and “do not let your self worth be defined by bullies.” Jennifer Livingston is an example of a strong woman who knows that bullying does not end after middle school. She has the courage to stand up to bullies that should have grown up a long time ago, and sets a positive example for children everywhere who need desperately to hear this truth. Help take a stand against bullies of every kind and tell Jennifer Livingston that she is an inspiration. Her message is one that we can all agree upon: “We are better than the bullies that would try to take us down.”
Dear Ms. Jennifer Livingston,
You are an inspiration to young people everywhere. Thank you for the courageous speech you gave in response to an email you received filled with condescending words and all-around negativity. Instead of letting this disgusting note cause you distress, you turned the issue around and used it to speak a powerful and much needed message to a generation that is obsessed with self-image. What you have done is beautiful. You have taken a terrible situation and turned it into an important life lesson that many of us, even adults, cannot seem to grasp.
I urge you to continue to speak out against bullies of every kind. Thank you for what you’ve done.
[Your Name Here]
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