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BJ'S BLOG 10/05/12 "Trolling and Role Models"

Yesterday on the show, we played audio of what one news anchor did in response to an email attacking her physical appearance.

Jennifer Livingston, a morning anchor in Wisconsin, received an email attacking the fact that she is a heavier woman and how she is bad role model to the community because of it.
Here is the email:

Hi Jennifer,

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.

You can see her full response here :

This whole situation pisses me off for many different reasons.

First reason is because this is another fine example of how horrible people are when they have the anonymity of the internet. Social networking trolls think they can say whatever they want and complain about everything just because they are hiding behind their computer but you know they would never have the guts to say anything in real life. I’m just so sick of these trolling jerks.  

Secondly, I like the first part of Jennifer’s response where she says, “To the person who wrote me that letter, do you think I don’t know that?” but I don’t like the rest of her speech. I get that Jennifer has a thyroid condition and that’s fine, but not everyone who is overweight has that problem so it’s not fair to put it in the same category as somebody’s sexual preference or race.  Like overweight people know (who don’t have a medical problem causing their weight), including me, it’s a battle of will and it is our responsibility for the level of health we have 

The third thing that really got under my skin was another thing the writer said. He said that she has a responsibility as a "local public personality" and that she wasn’t "suitable" role model for youth, particularly girls.

The whole idea of her having to be a role model is dumb. Parents have to raise their own kids and teach them what to do. Don’t expect the people on TV, in movies, or on sports teams to be role models…you are the only role model that matters. 

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10/05/2012 9:38AM
BJ'S BLOG 10/05/12 "Trolling and Role Models"
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