News Anchor Called Fat, Turns Experience Into a Life Lesson

A recent video went viral which pictured an extremely articulate news anchor speaking out against a cruel viewer.

I have seen a few responses from YouTubers, Twitter followers, and others in the media who have noted that the news anchor is “obviously overweight” and probably should care more about her “appearance.” What seems to escape them after viewing the video is that she is not denying that she has work to do in terms of her personal appearance. She makes it quite clear in the video that she can clearly see herself in the mirror and does not need some one to explain to her how she should make different lifestyle choices.

As someone who has been bullied and who has probably bullied someone else, most likely unintentionally, this was one of the first times I was able to see exactly what bullying is. I am the first to describe myself as extremely critical and very blunt. But, as the news anchor noted, people who are not married to you, in your family, or your circle of friends really have no right to make it their personal crusade to give you lifestyle recommendations. As such, anyone you haven’t asked explicitly for their opinion should keep said opinion to them self.

She puts it quite well in the video so not much to piggy back there. But, I will say that maybe being in the limelight makes celebrities more susceptible to criticism. I am guilty of it. But, when you go out of your way to send a personal bit of maliciousness to a private citizen in such a cowardly manner as via email, you truly epitomize the word bully. And bullies are nothing but sad, angry, bitter people who see little hope in their own lives. And, the best they can do is attempt to pull you down into the mud with them. Be like this news anchor. Stand up for yourself. Don’t carry the weight of their shortcomings. Keep shining.


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Jenn M. Jackson

Jenn M. Jackson, PhD is a co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Water Cooler Convos. She is a native of Oakland, CA. Jenn is a radical Black feminist scholar who believes none of us are free until all of us are free.

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