The TV anchor from LaCrosse, Wisc. who became a viral star after confronting a viewer that called her fat has a famous brother.
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Jennifer Livingston of WKBT-TV is the sister of actor Ron Livingston, known best for his work in Office Space, Swingers and a recurring role on Sex & the City. It is listed on his IMDB page that he is the oldest of three siblings, including Jennifer.
Livingston the TV anchor became an instant spokesperson for anti-bullying when she read a letter from a viewer who took issue with the fact that she is overweight. Her response, which has been viewed nearly 2 million times since it was uploaded on Tuesday, has been celebrated by people worldwide for standing up for herself and cracking down on being bullied. She has since been on shows such as NBC's Today to discuss the situation.
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“Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain,” the viewer wrote. “I leave you this note hoping that you’ll reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy lifestyle.”
After her husband, fellow WKBT anchor Mike Thompson took to Facebook and posted the letter, she received massive support from people all over.
"To the person who wrote me that letter — do you think I don't know that? That your cruel words are pointing out something that I don't see?" Livingston said in her response video.
"You don't know me. You are not a friend of mine. You are not a part of my family. And you have admitted that you don't watch this show. So you know nothing about me but what you see on the outside. And I am much more than a number on the scale."
She continued: “We are better than that bully. We are better than this email. We are better than the bullies that would try to take us down.”
To watch her awesome response, check out the video below.
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This story originally published on Mashable here.