Kentuckiana woman supports anchor criticized for weight


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on October 3, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 3 at 6:23 PM

(WHAS11) -- Television anchors and people in the public eye are used to being critiqued, but when a Wisconsin anchor received an e-mail about her weight, she took a stand and publically fired back.

WHAS 11'S Claudia Coffey talked with a local woman who supports the anchor and shares her own story of being harassed over her weight.

Anchor Jennifer Livingston is used to bringing her viewers the news, but this week the tables were turned and the spotlight was on the mother of three.

She spoke out after a viewer sent her an email criticizing her weight .

The e-mail said, "Surely you don't consider yourself a suitable example for this community's young people , girls in particular. I leave you this note hoping that you will reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy lifestyle..."
Livingston responded and turned the e-mail into a public message about bullying.
"Do not let yourself worth be defined by bullies," said Livingston to viewers.
Dee Doyle from Louisville's south side knows all too well what it's like to be bullied for her weight.

"They called me shorty, fatty, you are getting fat or you look pregnant," said Doyle.
Doyle made the decision to lose weight on her own, but before dropping 50 pounds, she fought back at everyone that humiliated her.

Like many Americans, Doyle is rallying around Livingston and she thinks it sets an example that you don't have to stay silent.

"I think you can sometimes sweep some things, but if someone is mistreating you then you go public with them..."  said Doyle.