A man who wrote to a Wisconsin TV news anchor last week calling her “obese” — which sparked a response that went viral — now says he was merely concerned that her appearance might be influencing children.
The statement reads: “Given this country’s present epidemic of obesity and the many truly horrible diseases related thereto, and considering Jennifer Livingston’s fortuitous position in the community, I hope she will finally take advantage of a rare and golden opportunity to influence the health and psychological well-being of Coulee Region children by transforming herself for all of her viewers to see over the next year, and, to that end, I would be absolutely pleased to offer Jennifer any advice or support she would be willing to accept.”
His first message to Livingston — who happens to be the sister of “Office Space” star Ron Livingston — chided her for appearing overweight on television. “Surely you don’t consider yourself a suitable example for this community’s young people, girls in particular,” he wrote. “Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain.” The letter went on to say that the reporter has a “responsibility” to the children in her community to slim down.
“You don’t know me, you’re not a friend of mine,” Livingston said in a response aired Monday night. “You’re not a part of my family and you have admitted that you don’t watch this show.” she said. “So you know nothing about me but what you see on the outside, and I am much more than a number on a scale.”
Social media networks lit up after that segment aired, and the video was viewed over 1 million times in short order. Appearing Wednesday on “CBS This Morning,” Livingston said she hopes that making an example of her bully would send a strong message to parents about teaching tolerance to children.
“That email was well-written, it was articulate,” she said. “But make no mistake, it was meant to hurt my feelings. It was meant to shame me into losing weight and in my opinion, that’s a bully.”
Krause did not respond to Raw Story‘s request for comment.
This video is from “CBS This Morning,” broadcast Wednesday, October 3, 2012.
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