Bullied News Anchor Speaks Out on National Television

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  • 2012-10-10T00:13:19

To heck with the bullies. You and your family are some of the best people we have ever come to know.

  • 2012-10-09T21:30:45

AMEN!!! We all come in different sizes and shapes! Don't tell me all I have to do........... I know what it takes for "me" to lose weight!

  • 2012-10-09T18:47:03

I just want to say thank you! Being overweight and also a parent of a child bullied in school for his weight....your courage to stand up this man and his email is inspiring. Bullying is rampant on the internet primarily because the ones bullying are cowards. The bullying that occurs in schools is rampant too and as hurtful if not more. Your truth about it being something kids learn is something that needs to be brought to the public as you did. If not learned as an ok way of life, then those bullying others are not being held accountable at home or in the schools. I could go on and on but again just thanks a million times over for having the courage to speak out.

  • 2012-10-09T15:25:24

I was so full of joy when this brave Anchor woman gave this very hurtful comment a name....Bulling! Thank you for speaking out on this very emotional action that shames people. It is also sad that bulling starts at such a tender age. So thank you for standing up and may God continue to show his Favor upon you and your family. Montgomery, AL Susan Caldwell Camp.

  • 2012-10-06T01:53:03

Being healthy is important too. His email didn't sound that bad. I think this is blown way out of proportion.

  • 2012-10-05T12:54:27

Whilst it's hurtful to receive insults, it was wrong and very unprofessional to address this on TV network. Besides she is not overweight, but I do believe gluttony as one of the deadly sins in general is not taken serious enough (My mum too suffered from a thyroid problem but she was never overweight and who has ever seen an overweight person in the developing world?). She should have left the matter private and in God's hands ('Vengeance is mine saith the Lord'... there is no room for that now).

  • 2012-10-05T02:28:28

I think you are beautiful at any size, always have been.. always will be!!!

  • 2012-10-04T21:21:19

Well said

  • 2012-10-04T20:33:46

Bullies too have internal turmoil, they try to pull others down to feel fulfilled or comforted, bullies too need to seek help for under-lining issues.

  • 2012-10-04T18:21:53

Jennifer is such a beautiful inspiration and what a great message on not being judgmental and bullying!

  • 2012-10-04T17:43:49

What a great inspiration. People nowadays are so judgemental when it comes to appearance not knowing the real story behind it. Like her, I do have a thyroid condition also. Like her, I've been hurt by comments about my weight. I admire her husband for taking a stand and her for calling that bully out. Children nowadays need encouragers like her.

  • 2012-10-04T16:44:00

Thank you. I too, have a thyroid condition. It takes non stop extreme physical condition to lose weight. I am 71 years old. After I quit my house cleaning jobs, my weight jumped up. I am thankful now that I can even maintain my weight for two years. I would love to be 50 pounds lighter. It hurts even more when siblings tell me how to lose weight. God bless you.

  • 2012-10-04T15:39:41

Well spoken.

  • 2012-10-04T15:28:47

Thank you for presenting this story and thank you Jennifer for taking a stand. I too am overweight and struggle with it every minute of my life. I have heard words from friends and strangers that were hurtful and I would have been devastated by that message. I personally know a few people who have said similar things to others, thinking they were being "helpful". I have been personally hurt by their comments and have also witnessed their hurtful comments to strangers. When I stood up and called one friend on it, she claimed that she felt she could help the stranger and motivate her with her suggestions. According to the look on the stranger's face- it did neither. My friend was oblivious to her effect and could not understand why I felt she should not have done that. I would consider that hurtful behavior but not bullying. My friend would have been devastated to have been called a "bully" because of her "helpful" words. This man chose his words very carefully- I don't think he meant to bully or would consider himself a bully. I've heard that is the case with many "bullies". In NO WAY am I condoning his message, but I think what we are dealing with is a lack of empathy and acceptance in these cases. Tie that with easy internet access to express ideas, we come into a tangled mess of misunderstandings and emotions. The internet brings a new personal responsibility that we are learning as we go. We need some media/internet literacy lessons. The schools have many anti-bullying campaigns in which I am grateful. I"m afraid, though, that we have gotten too loose with the "bully" term. Dictionary.com defines a BULLY as: a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people. That is the Bully that I knew on the playground. How many labels have been placed on someone who does not fit that definition? How does that effect their life, moving forward? We need to find a better way to deal with true Bullying and hurtful behaviors alike. So, how do we determine the intention of the comment and deal with it in a way that does not label the other person with a term in itself is hurtful? How can we turn this anti-bullying campaign into a Pro-Empathy campaign? How can we teach people to accept others for who they are and not try to "help" them or change them? How do we practice Grace when, we ourselves, have been hurt? I am the first to "drop my stone" as I know I am often critical of others. My children too, have learned that behavior from me and ALL those around them. I don't know another human who is NOT judgmental or critical at times. I am asking these questions of myself as well as everyone else. Let's begin by jumping OFF of the "Bully" bandwagon, and search for other solutions. Let's search our own hearts and actions and allow more grace, empathy and understanding towards all. I am not saying we need to be silent and let these behaviors continue- I am just saying that we can find a better way.

  • 2012-10-04T14:05:56

Blessings to you that you were able to do such a humbling presentation... I feel your pain, but I also share your victory in overcoming the words of this lost soul. Thank God for the husband, family and friends he has blessed you with. Yes, life is too short to waste one's life on such trivial matters. Stand tall, stand proud!

  • 2012-10-04T13:27:54

You go girl! From what I saw on your television response to the bully, you are not only beautiful on the outside, but beautiful on the inside as well!

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