(Closed) News anchor responds to bullying over her weight

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think the whole “bullying” thing has gotten out of hand.

It’s a part of life, part of making you who you are… I was bullied in school a long time ago…. because I was tall, and it was just kids being kids….

People need to just suck it up and move on.

 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

I kind of think people have way too much time on their hands. If you have time enough to write in to a news anchor to tell her you think she’s too fat to be on tv, then you need a hobby. or a job. or a kick in the vagina. something!

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Props to her!  The guy is such a d-bag for writing that letter.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I saw this on the news last night! Awesome and props to her for giving that guy a piece of her mind!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I give this woman so many props for calling the guy out on TV. Hopefully people will realize that saying mean things to people is not ok and children are really bullying each other way too much!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

Agree with pps.  Can’t believe someone actually took the time out of their pathetic life to write this news anchor a nasty letter.  Can you say…loser!!

Edit.  I also wanted to add that the writer of the letter is even more ignorant than I thought.  You can be “overweight” and be super healthy.  You can be “skinny” and be super unhealthy.  I’m going to put myself out there and say I am a size 4 but I eat like GARGABE and rarely work out (I know, I know, I’m trying to turn this around).  Why should I be (hypothetically, according to the d-bag letter-writer) considered a “better role model” than this lady? 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

**I’m at work and can’t hear the anchor’s response, so I can only go off of my opinion of what the letter said.**

Well my first thought about the guy’s letter was “Uh, as a young girl, I never looked up to a news anchor as an example.”  So, that part of the argument just falls dead for me. lol

I agree that obesity is an issue and a problem (and this is coming from someone that is considered obese).  However, it is that individual’s problem that they need to conquer and fix, not the community’s.  Examples can be found everywhere.  I’m not a news anchor, but I teach in my church and volunteer in my community.  Should I not do those things because I could be seen as a bad example because of my weight?  I surely hope not.  The lessons I would hope to teach those around me are far more important than the reasons why I am overweight.  If they (a child or adult) can’t see past a physical appearance, then there are far greater issues that need to be dealt with.

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

i think its great. good for her for taking something embarassing and hurtful and using it to help others. she could have just deleted the email, or let the talk end with her husband’s facebook post, but she put herself out there and made a really valid point about how we create a society of bullying without even thinking about it.

was this reader letter the worst thing i ever read? no, but bullying is a real concern, regardless of what dkacerek and others may think. esp with the internet allowing people to say crual things so anonymously so easily.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@dkacerek:  seriously? so just because you were bullied and survived doesn’t mean that others aren’t bullied worse and to the point of suicide, eating disorders, and self-esteem issues. Your home life may have been better than these kids and honestly being bullied because you were tall is NOTHING compared to being bullied b/c you’re fat/gay/emo/acne ridden. Bullying is WRONG and if noone stands up to it and say ‘just suck it up and deal with it’ it’s not going to stop and it’s going to get worse and worse.  

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I think that there is some “grow up and get over it” but then again, there are some SERIOUSLY cruel people and telling people who are really bullied to suck it up doesn’t help them.  In school I was just somewhere in the middle, not cool but not an outcast either. But there were some people who got horrific things said and done to them on an almost daily basis by the “cool” kids whose parents were on staff or PTA or rich and so nothing happened to them. And it was just sick. And from seeing how some of those bullied kids are now as adults, I say it was way bigger than “suck it up and move on” because in a stage of life where other peoples opinions did matter, there was irreparable damage to their self-worth that has carried on. 

I think she did the right thing. Pretty sure no one who is overweight needs ANYONE to tell them that, they are well aware of it. And sometimes rude people need a public call out to say it isn’t okay. We all have flaws, and to be cruel to someone else because their flaws are different than yours isn’t okay. And this wasn’t like it was a close friend trying to help out of the true concern of their heart, it was some annoynomus jerk who felt the need to tell a woman she was fat and thus a poor role model. Even if it is true she could lose some weight to be healthy, he has no reason to say that to her. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@dkacerek:  Are you kidding me? Kids these days are resorting to massacres to stop the bullying they suffer, and you think people need to just relax and take it? No one should ever have to live in fear of going to school, work, etc. Bullying has gotten out of hand itself. Back when we were younger the worst was someone making fun of your name or having glasses, now  there are many more violent bullies, or bullies that literally make their victims lives a living hell.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Couldn’t even finish the article & watch the video. As soon as I read the quote from the letter “Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make…”, I knew I would get too pissed continuing. Whatever she said, I’m glad she stood up for herself. Too bad people really believe obesity is a choice, that’s such an assinine belief.

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