A Moment to Stand Up and Speak Out

I want to take a quick moment to respond to the man who sent a nasty email to a local anchor woman. While I no longer live in the area that Mrs. Jennifer  covers, I have never seen her weight as an issue. I was deeply saddened to hear from friends still in the area her news show covers that she had been the victim of a vicious email. However, I am very proud of how she handled it. If you would like to read more about her story please visit her news station WKTB ‘s website,  http://www.news8000.com/news/Jennifer-Livingston-responds-to-viewer-letter-about-her-weight/-/326/16832410/-/3ilc2lz/-/index.html , or her husband’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/wkbt.mike.thompson

So without further ado my response to the man who sent Mrs. Jennifer the nasty email.

Dear emailer,
The definition of Role Model is as follows: a person whose behavior, example, or success is or can be emulated by others, especially by younger people. Before you start pointing fingers at others in our community and crucifying them for being poor role models please take a look at your own behavior. You are no role model either.
Who are you to decide that a person’s personal habits present and promote a healthy lifestyle? Every day in the media we hear some scientific bit of information that cancels out what we as a society had believed to be healthy or seen to promote a healthy lifestyle. I’m sure if we looked at your life we could find a few of your personal habits that are not up to snuff.
Now onto your topic of Obesity. Yes, obesity in America is epidemic. Yes, it can create further complications to a persons all ready existing health issues. However, Obesity is not always a result of a person’s personal choices. There are many factors that play into a persons weight. These include but are not limited to pre-existing physical health issues (thyroid problems being one of the largest), mental issues (depression, coping problems, abuse), and personal choices. You are not privy to what issues Mrs. Jennifer is facing. You don’t know the root cause of her obesity, nor do you know what she is doing about it and therefor have no right to be #1 cruel, #2 rude, and #3 sanctimonious. Mrs. Jennifer’s weight issues are no ones business, but hers. It would serve you right to remember that.
One more thing before I close, regardless of your personal opinions, the way you went about attacking Mrs. Jennifer was completely off base. Not only could it be deemed as bullying, if it continues it could be deemed as harassment. That sir, as you may well know, is considered to be a violation of our laws. So the next time you get the urge to fire off a nasty mean spirited email to anyone else for any reason, it would be wise of you to follow Thumper’s rule: If you can’t say something nice, do not say it at all.




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