Plus Size News Anchor Speaks Out Against Bully

by Brittany on October 2, 2012

in Daily Curve, Self & Body

I have one word for this video.

Boom.

We need more women like Jennifer Livingston, a plus size news anchor, speaking out and inspiring young people and women, because she’s right, those words don’t define our worth.

This stops now.

image courtesy WKBT; Six Times an Hour

Daisy October 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Love this. Love it. “We need to teach our children how to be kind, not critical, and we do that by example.” (There are plenty of great places for critical thinking and criticism. But I totally agree with Jennifer. We are better than this.)

Jennifer October 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm

She’s articulate, smart and fantastic. That’s a role model!

JENNY TALIA October 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm

I fucking love this.
Fucking. Love. It.

JoyLynn Murray October 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Beautiful – on the inside and out! I loved her closing statement the most. As the mother of a lesbian, the aunt of a handicapped niece, bi-racial nephew and an entire family of curvy women… I applaud her courage. I don’t know if I would have had the same courage to stand up for myself in the same way. Attack my babies or family and you are dead meat! But attack me… oi! She is a great example to more than the children she addressed at the end!

Haley October 2, 2012 at 3:13 pm

This is phenomenal. Thanks so much for sharing.

Kelli G. October 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm

I have goosebumps. I am so happy HER daughters have this amazing role model to look up to, and I only pray I can do the same for my daughter. I grew up being called fat, being told I had a pretty face but if I’d just lose the weight…we know how it goes. I so hope my daughter never has to face that and that she knows better than to judge someone solely based on appearance. This news anchor is a shining star.

Mykel October 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm

This is amazing! Good for her to standing up for herself and everyone else that is bullied! A woman who can stand up for herself is a wonderful role model.

Jen October 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Her bravery to stand up there and speak out about something so personal brought tears to my eyes. What an amazing and articulate woman.

AliKatSter October 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm

She is beautiful, inspiring, and articulate. I can’t imagine how hard it was for her to get on television and say all of this. We need more people like her.

Suzi October 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm

BRAVO!!

Nikki Nicholas Mohamed October 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I LOVE that she took the bully’s attempt to humiliate her and turned it around 180 degrees to kick him in his ass. KA-BOOM.

Nancy October 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Wonderful!!! If this world was filled with more people like her and had a lot less people like him, it would be a better place. This young lady is not only intelligent but very beautiful.

Adria October 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Goose. Bumps. Yes, it was worthy enough to break that into two words.

Adria October 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm

PS: I think she is STUNNING.

Cory October 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I had to stop for a minute after watching this so that I could collect my thoughts and post a coherent, rational response without sounding like I was coming unglued. Having been bullied at various points in my life because of my disability, this REALLY hit home for me. Like disabilities, obesity (which, by the way, I’m *fairly* certain is a disability covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, but I will check to make sure) is NOT a “choice”. Like a disability, obesity is not a “habit”, either, and it is UTTERLY EFFING INFURIATING that in THIS day and age, someone would willingly demonstrate their own ignorance by saying/writing such things. >:(

Brandi October 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I couldn’t disagree more with the person who wrote that email. She is a FANTASTIC role model for young people.

Laura Toth October 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I think she’s beautiful AND smart……and that to me is sexy. People like the email writer are the real losers on this planet. Great piece.

Sherry Carr-Smith October 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I have added her to my list of heroes.

Mandy October 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Love her!

Laurie C October 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Amen, Sister!!! I’m a Kdg. teacher. All parents need to hear this!!

Susan October 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Amazing! What a strong beautiful woman.

William October 2, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Pretty amazing words and encouraging how fast this thoughtful oration is spreading with abundant social praise. Articulate strength has a way of shining the light on cyber rats who dwell on the other side of a keyboard.

Louisiana Meredith October 2, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Fuckawesome! Love this SO hard!

Becky October 2, 2012 at 8:20 pm

From a child who endured the torment of being called “Brontosaurus” and never winning the cool offices at school because I wasn’t the right size, to a passed middle age woman, blessed with a husband and daughter, I say God Bless You. The email sender was such a coward, I bet you don’t even have his name. Remember, you can usually lose a little weight, but ignorance is forever.

Judy N. Knight October 2, 2012 at 9:49 pm

My little girl was never bullied that I know about and she was never a bully that I have ever heard. But I would hope that someone would have told me if either happened and I would have addressed it immediately. She was a compassionate little girl who came to other’s rescue, whether it was an animal or a person. She has grown into an amazing adult, a wonderful mother and loving wife. She is an super attentive daughter. She has an interesting and competitive job and handles it well. And some of these folks wonder why their grown children are constantly miserable in relationships and not happy now when they allowed them to bully, or criticize someone else most of their young life. I feel sorry for the bullys too, they grow up into miserable human beings, usually, because as adults people won’t take their stuff or they can’t maintain friends and wonder why. I have known some and they are pitiful and I can’t help but feel sorry for them because their parents didn’t guide them into a better path. My grandmother would have said, “God don’t like ugly”………and she didn’t mean my looks.

I October 2, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Wow this piece is a shining star moment. It really should be studied at all levels of education from kindergarten to university to all levels of the workplace.The bully is a COWARD.To maliciously hurt someone so deeply without knowing a thing about them is shameful.One thing people need to realize is that one day YOU THE BULLY may need help from the very people that disgust you .Know when to be humble and embrace all people for who and what the are!!!!!

Maya October 3, 2012 at 1:30 am

This made me cry.

Erin October 3, 2012 at 11:14 am

I can’t fathom having the guts to stand there and say that without bursting into tears. GO HER. We need MORE people willing to stand up for themselves and for others.

Wendy Mack October 4, 2012 at 11:08 am

Jennifer,
What a hero you are! Thanks for speaking straight out to the kids about bullying. My Son has been bullied mercilessly. I will have to play this for him. And I have to say you are a beautiful woman inside and out!!!

Les Ellis October 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Why is the issue related to BULLYING, defined in Wikipedia:

Bullying is the use of force or coercion to abuse or intimidate others. The behavior can be habitual and involve an imbalance of social or physical power.

Is she avoiding her public responsibility or seeking her “15 minutes of fame”?

Does she recognize her three daughters will face a nation of obese citizens in the future with the accompanying pain, discomfort, and costs?

brittany October 7, 2012 at 12:49 pm

What is her public responsibility? To be a smart, articulate, confident role model for girls and women? Because she’s doing that.

Since when was somebody’s body or looks deemed public responsibility? I find that concept horrifying. And even more horrifying is the idea that anyone’s daughter would grow up in a country where their size and shape will be endlessly shamed and crucified.

This approach isn’t working. Maybe we build up others and see how that pans out, instead.

Curvy & Proud SA October 11, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Jennifer Livingston we here at Curvy and Proud South Africa salute you!!! Thank you for being a voice for so many of us!! Thank you for standing up for millions of Curvy Women!!! You are our inspiration!!! Please like this page it is for women on the curvy side of life!!!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Curvy-and-Proud-South-Africa/279226522178156?ref=tn_tnmn

KAREN COUDRAY October 25, 2012 at 5:40 pm

AS A BULLIED CHILD & TEENAGER, ALSO NOW AS A 62 YEAR OLD ADULT, I KNOW THE PAIN OF BEING OBESE!
MY CURRENT BOSS CRITIZES ME, BULLIES ME & AFTER 15 YEARS OF EMPLOYMENT, I CAN NOT ACCEPT THE PAIN! I AM TOO OLD TO ACCEPT HER ABUSE! I, TOO, AS DOES jENNIFER, HAVE PERSONAL WORTH! MAYBE NOT TO THE “JERK” WHO E MAILED HER, OR TO “MY” BULLY, BUT TO MY SPOUSE, MY CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN & DEAR FRIENDS!
I HAVE LOST A GREAT POSITION, THAT I LOVED (I GOT INJURIED AT THE OFFICE. I KNOW SHE TOLD EVERYONE BECAUSE OF MY “WEIGHT”). MY LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME BECAUSE OF HER, BUT I BELIEVE THE HURT YOU CAUSE TO OTHERS WILL COME BACK TO YOU!

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