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Lifestyle

October 3, 2012

Wisconsin anchor: Viewer criticizing weight a 'bully'

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They exchanged a few emails, but Livingston said he wouldn't back down from his opinion that she was a bad role model. Krause, who wouldn't reveal his profession or age to the AP, said he no longer had the emails.

In her television response, Livingston acknowledged she was overweight but said the man's words were cruel. Livingston said she could brush off such comments but worried about children who didn't know how to do the same.

"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 shouts of many," she said on the air.

Her husband, who also is an anchor at the station, originally posted the email Friday on Facebook. Livingston didn't decide to address it on air until after a few local radio stations did segments on it and about bullying — and she thought about how her three young daughters would eventually face bullies.

"For me, it's not about him," she said. "It's about the culture of emails like his that not only come to us as journalists but to people all over the place and especially to our kids."

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