When I was in elementary school, I was teased constantly and mercilessly about my weight. Classmates called me fat, ugly, worthless, disgusting, and for awhile my official nickname seemed to be “tub of lard.” Pretty much every afternoon I’d get off the bus, wait until it had disappeared around the corner, and burst into tears.
When I saw this video of a Wisconsin news anchor named Jennifer Livingston responding confidently and unapologetically to a male viewer who sent her a fat-shaming email, I found myself tearing up once again–but this time, in a good way. That one viewer’s cruel words could have produced a quick sting and then faded away, but Livingston uses them as an opportunity to shine a light on our culture of bullying and take the power back. I wish my third grade self could have seen this, but more importantly, I want today’s third graders to see it. And Jennifer? You rock. Thank you. [Pajiba]