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Jennifer Livingston, La Crosse TV anchor, responds on air to man who called her obese [VIDEO]

We'd like to see the guy taking umbrage with Livingston's appearance.
We'd like to see the guy taking umbrage with Livingston's appearance.

Jennifer Livingston, a TV anchor/reporter for the CBS affiliate in La Crosse, Wisconsin, is comfortable in her own skin. But an infrequent male viewer of her morning show is uncomfortable about her skin and what's directly underneath it.

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The viewer sent Livingston a letter basically asking her to lose a few pounds, prompting her to reply with an epic four minute-plus diatribe that ran on live TV this morning.

First, via Romenesko, here's the letter that got Livingston so worked up:

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.

Sure[ly] 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.

Here's a partial transcript of the response Livingston offered up this morning, following by the raw footage:

[Since my husband posted the letter on Facebook] hundreds of people have taken time out of their day to not only lift my spirits but take a stand that attacks like this are not okay...

The truth is, I am overweight. You could call me fat. And yes, even obese on a doctor's chart. But to the person who wrote me that letter -- do you think I don't know that? That your cruel words are pointing out something that I don't see?

You don't know me, you are not a friend of mine, you are not a part of my family and you have admitted that you don't watch this show, so you know nothing about me but what you see on the outside. And I am much more than a number on a scale.

Now, I am a grown woman, and luckily for me, I have a very thick skin, literally, as that email pointed out, and otherwise.

You have to admire Livingston for owning her overweightness, but it appears she's forgotten the first rule of modern journalism -- don't feed the trolls.


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