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「女主播在節目上反霸凌事件」- CBS WKBT News Anchor's On-Air Response to Viewer Calling Her Fat


I want to take a moment to address a situation that has become a talking point in this community over the past weekend, especially on facebook that centers around me.

On Friday, I received the following e-mail from a La Crosse man with the subject line "Community responsibility." And it reads as follows:
上星期五,我收到下面一封主旨為「社會責任」的電子郵件,寄件人是一位住在La Crosse市的男士。信件內容如下:

Hi Jennifer,
It's unusual that I see your morning show, but I did so for a very short time today. I was surprised indeed to witness that your physical condition hasn't improved for many years. Surely you don't consider yourself a suitable example for this community's young people, girls in particular. Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain. I leave you this note hoping that you'll reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy lifestyle.
嗨 Jennifer,

Now, those of us in the media, we get a healthy dose of critiques from our viewers throughout the year, and we realize it comes with having a job in the public eye, but this e-mail was more than that. While I tried my best to laugh off the very hurtful attack on my appearance, my colleagues could not do the same especially my husband, our six and ten anchor, Mike Thomson.
身為新聞工作者,一年中我們會收到適量但有益的觀眾批評指教,我們了解那是伴隨著在聚光燈下的工作而來,但這封電子郵件就有點超過了。對於這關於我外表非常傷人的攻擊言論,我很努力想一笑置之,但我的同事嚥不下這口氣,尤其是我先生Mike Thompson,他是本台晚間六點和十點新聞的主播。

Mike post this e-mail on his WKBT facebook page and what happened next has been truly inspiring. Hundreds and hundreds of people have taken their time out of their day(s) to not only lift my spirits, but take a stand that attacks like this are not okay. Now we're gonna have more on that in just a second, but first, the truth is I am overweight. You could call me fat, and yes, even obese, on a doctor's chart, but to the person who wrote me that letter, do you think I don't know that? That your cruel words are pointing out something I don't see? You don't know me. You are not a friend of mine. You're not a part of my family, and you have admitted that you don't watch the show, so you know nothing about me but what you see on the outside. And I'm much more than a number on the scale.
Mike 把這封電子郵件貼在他的WKBT臉書專頁上,之後發生的事非常令人振奮。數以百計的網友花了他們寶貴的時間,不但鼓勵我,也表達他們反對這樣的言論攻擊的立場。這部份我們等會再繼續討論。首先,我承認我的確過胖。你可以叫我胖子;而且,沒錯,在醫生的診斷書上,我是肥胖症。但寫信給我的這位先生,你覺得我不知道我的狀況嗎?你的殘忍言語是想指出一件我沒看見的事?你不認識我,你不是我的朋友,你不是我的家人,你也已經承認不看我的節目,所以你對我一無所知,你只看見我的外表。而我,可不只是一個體重計上的數字。

And here is what I want all of us to learn something from this. If you didn't already know, October is National Anti-Bullying Month, and this is the problem that is growing everyday in our schools and on the Internet. It is a major issue in the lives of young people today, and as a mother of three young girls, it scares me to death.

Now, I'm a grown woman, and luckily for me, I have a very thick skin, literally, as that e-mail pointed out and otherwise. And that man's words mean nothing to me, but what really angers me about this is there are children who don't know better, who get e-mails as critical as the one I received, or in many cases even worse each and every day.

The Internet has become a weapon, our schools have become a battleground, and this behavior is learnt. It is passed down from people like the man who wrote me that e-mail.

If you're at home and you're talking about the fat news lady. Guess what? Your children are probably going to go to school and call someone fat. We need to teach our kids how to be kind not critical, and we need to do that by example.

So many of you have come to my defense over the past four days. I am literally overwhelmed by your words. To my colleagues and my friends from today and from years ago, my family, my amazing husband, and so many of you out there that I will probably never have the opportunity to meet, I will never be able to thank you enough for your words of support and for taking a stand against this bully. We are better than that email. We are better than the bullies that would try to take us down.

And I'll leave you with this: To all of the children out there who feel lost, who are struggling with your weight, with the color of your skin, your sexual preference, your disability, even the acne on your face, listen to me right now! Do not let your self-worth be defined by bullies. Learn from my experience that the cruel words of one are nothing compared to the shields of many. We will be right back.




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