Wisconsin TV anchor Jennifer Livingston appears on ‘Ellen’

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Wisconsin TV anchor Jennifer Livingston appeared on “Ellen” Tuesday afternoon to talk about her response to a viewer she says bullied her about her weight. The viewer email, which called her a bad role model because of her size, was posted on Facebook by her husband, who also works at WKBT in La Crosse. Livingston said she was thick-skinned about it but “people in my newsroom, my colleagues were really upset.”

Ellen DeGeneres asked Livingston what made the comments bullying, rather than criticism, a question some readers have raised in comments on Poynter.org.

Livingston responded, “A lot of people have said — people that are more educated than I on the bullying topic — that it needs to be a repeated act, that it needs to be done in public. I’m not a bullying expert, I’m a mom. And I think one time is one time too many. That’s my opinion.”

Kenneth Krause has since apologized for his comments, telling ABC, “If Jennifer is offended then I truly apologize. That’s the last thing I wanted to do. … I am in no position to bully her. She’s a big time media personality, I’m just a working stiff.”

Krause said, “I was obese as a child, and I’ve been fighting with that all my life. Boy, I can sure empathize.”

“For me, this was never really about him,” Livingston told DeGeneres. “He was my one guy, but I think we all have that one guy or that one girl who tries to make you feel less than you are, who tries to put you in a box and slap a label on it and tell you you’re not worthy. It’s not about him for me, it’s about all of the people like that in this society that are using the Internet, that are using Twitter, that are using Facebook to try and bring people down and make them feel bad about themselves.”

Livingston’s brother John, in the audience during the “Ellen” taping, was in the movie “Mr. Wrong” with DeGeneres. Her brother Ron Livingston, also an actor, has said he is proud of her.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=749911534 Anonymous

    Kenneth Krause has since apologized for his comments, telling ABC, “If Jennifer is offended then I truly apologize. That’s the last thing I wanted to do. … I am in no position to bully her. She’s a big time media personality, I’m just a working stiff.” Krause said, “I was obese as a child, and I’ve been fighting with that all my life. Boy, I can sure empathize.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/elson.silva.10485 Elson Silva

    There is
    negligence by the media and US government regarding obesity
    problems. Mr. Obama assigned Dr. Regina Benjamin a physician 42 lbs overweight as General
    Surgeon to guide Americans on a fight against obesity. She has to convince lay
    people about healthy lifestyles when she cannot convince herself besides her
    available professional background.

    I am a PhD
    scientist and I ran two half-marathons during my PhD at Penn State. We are simply becoming victims of
    modern lifestyle not only by obesity but neurogenesis effect also as lack of
    fitness increases the weight and reduces neurons in the cerebellum making
    people bigger and dumber as a consequence of sedentary options.

    Unhappily
    they are becoming obese and less intelligent to fix it making the trend grow
    and get worse and worse till a catastrophe kicks in.

    Obesity is
    a natural consequence of our physiology storing energy for the hard time that
    does not come anymore.

    It took
    around 10,000 years for humans to get used of covering their bodies as like any
    animal we are born naked and have walked naked in the landscape for millions of
    years.

    In the
    future we will learn how to live in the modern landscape in balance with our
    physiology when machinery does most of the work and our diet is becoming
    unsuitable because the food industry is changing it for profit. What we are
    eating is just good for the profitability goal.

    We are in
    the turning point of human evolution when food chase man for profit and we are
    not even intelligent enough to run away even less to do some minimum work out
    to protect a healthy functioning of our physiology.

    There is no
    such obesity level in Ethiopia as food is kind of scarce there.
    Also, ‘undeveloped’ humans like those uncontacted tribes in the Amazon are so
    behind that their obesity level indeed is ZERO.

    As humans
    we are born to solve problems we face. This spreading obesity will be fixed
    down the line but it may take some decades or centuries till the consequences
    of neglecting nature balance shows enough consequences to provide guidance of
    how bad it can become and how important is to pursue nature that respect nature
    functioning.

    If I called
    Mrs. Livingston a fat pig indeed I would be disrespecting the pigs. Those
    animals do not get fat on their natural settings but only when human put them
    on cages plenty of food and no room to exercise their limbs.

    This ruse
    of Ms. Livingston and Dr. Regina Benjamin General Surgeon is a clear portrait
    on how much awareness is employed to cope with an emerging problem that is
    going to hurt many for not paying attention on what is really important on our
    daily life.

    Sorry,
    there is no offense in science.

    Whenever
    you neglect Gravity, you fall down and get hurt. Screaming, shouting, cursing,
    laughing, yelling, or sobbing is not going to change or alleviate you pain. Moral
    offense does not heal your wounds!

    You learned
    to respect nature on your first steps to walk and survive in the landscape.

    As I read I
    see the toll that obesity is taking as coffins do not fit larger sizes,
    crematory cannot accommodate huge corpses, paramedics need cranes to handle big
    people, ambulances need reinforcement, and hospitals need large doors. Recently
    a 19 year old girl extremely obese had the wall of her house in UK broke down
    to let her visit a hospital as she was not passing through the door.

    Humans are
    intelligent and this is not supposed to be happening within our own
    understanding of reason and glare.