The Wisconsin anchorwoman who stood up to a viewer who called her fat has resounded in the Central New York community of Seneca Falls, which is the birthplace of the women's rights movement.
The email from the viewer accused WKBT anchor Jennifer Livingston of not being a "suitable example for the community's young people, girls in particular. Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make."
In an editorial that Livingston read on the air, Livingston said, "I am much more than a number on a scale." While admitting that she is overweight, Livingston told her young viewers, "do not let yourself worth be defined by bullies."
Amanda Bishop is the deputy director of the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls. She told CNY Central's Jim Kenyon, "It shocks me how much further we still have to go, These comments are shocking."
Bishop feels society and the media pay too close attention to a woman's body image. "
ou still see magazine images of stick-thin models. The so-called plus sized models aren't really plus sized women," say says.
Becky Bly owns a shop that sells products exclusively made by women. She feels the media's focus on body image can often lead to bulimia or anorexia in young girls.
"I think it's great she spoke up. It's not OK to judge people on how they look even though in America we have a problem with obesity. People need to be allowed to feel good about who they are," Bly says.
Linda Solan, who runs the Seneca Falls Visitor Center, feels people in the public eye have to set an example. But, she says, "I don't know if setting the example is being skinny."