I don’t always go on blog rants, but this pissed me off just enough to do it. First, read this article on Jennifer Livingston and take the time to watch the 4:20 video clip.
If your blood is not boiling, you probably have never struggled with your weight. I challenge this moron that sent the e-mail to gain 100 pounds and try to lose it before he EVER criticizes another soul. For many, if not all, obesity is just as much a choice that someone makes as being born with brown eyes is a choice. Unfortunately, being a bully is a choice – and a poor one at that. For someone to call out a complete stranger in such a horrendous way is cowardly and I hope to God he does not have the ability to reproduce. I’ve come across the offspring this type creates and it’s not pretty.
To start, Jennifer Livingston’s response was proof that she is a class act and, contrary to what the e-mail stated, she is indeed a role model – especially for young girls and women. Success is not measured by a dress size or a number on a scale and having only people that fit a certain look in the public eye is ridiculous. I commend her for taking it to the morning news and addressing it. By doing this publicly, she wins. Somewhere right now, the author of that e-mail is, I hope, sitting somewhere feeling mighty ashamed of himself. This aired this morning on the local news and already tomorrow she is going to be making appearances on national television, including Good Morning America on ABC.
In this country, one third of children and adolescents are obese and 35.7% of adults are obese. (http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html) I bet there is not one person in that group that doesn’t have a story to tell about being bullied. It takes a special kind of asshole to think that a nasty e-mail is going to be the inspirational motivator that cures obesity. For those of us who have struggled or are struggling with weight and body image issues, there are sometimes underlying issues that small minds like this guy can’t even begin to comprehend.