This news item struck a chord with me, as I’m sure it will with many of our readers. Jennifer Livingston, a Wisconsin anchor woman, received a letter from a viewer in which he criticized her weight. She took the time to address her critic live on air, and I absolutely loved what she had to say.
The critic titled his letter “Community Responsibility”. He spoke of the responsibility that Jennifer Livingston has, as a public figure, to present a healthy image to her viewers. The question is, does this person have a right to demand that Jennifer conform to his view of what is healthy? Was this a fair criticism, or a reflection of the writer’s inability to accept the female body in any form, and to honor Jennifer’s right to make her own choices where her body is concerned? Does it matter that this is an anchor-woman, not an anchor-man? Is it fair to make judgments and conclusions about someone based solely on the way they look?
I’m opening this for discussion. Feel free to comment here, or on our FB page.