Presentatrice reageert tijdens haar programma op kijker die haar dik vindt

Jennifer Livingston
Jennifer Livingston

Afgelopen vrijdag stuurde een kijker een e-mail naar de Amerikaanse televisiezender WKBT om de nieuwspresentatrice daar, Jennifer Livingston, te vertellen dat ze dik is. Gisteren antwoordde Livingston - op televisie.

In de e-mail stond dat het de kijker opgevallen was dat er al jaren niets verbeterde aan haar fysieke conditie en dat ze daarmee niet het goede voorbeeld geeft. “Overgewicht is een van de slechtste keuzes die iemand kan maken.”

“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.”

Haar man had de beledigende e-mail al op Facebook gezet, wat leidde tot veel steun voor de presentatrice. Gisteren nam ze de tijd om tijdens de uitzending degene die de e-mail verzond persoonlijk toe te spreken.

“The truth is: 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 the 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.”

Daarna vertelde Livingston dat de woorden haar weliswaar niet echt raakten, maar dat ze wel een groter probleem illustreren:

“What really angers me about this is there are children who don’t know better… The internet has become a weapon. Our schools have become a battleground. And this behavior is learned. It is passed down from people like the man who wrote me that email. If you are at home, and you are talking about the fat newslady, guess what? Your children are probably going to go to school and call someone fat. We need to teach our kids how to be kind, not critical, and we need to do that by example.”

    • Peter Zantingh