By now, we all know the name Jennifer Livingston, the Wisconsin news anchor who fought back against a viewer who criticized her weight in an email. The issue has become a hot topic around the nation with many having their own opinion on the subject.
This morning we heard the viewpoint from one of L.A.’s own local news reporters, KTLA 5’s Jennifer Gould, who knows first hand what it is like to be judged based on appearance by the public eye. Jennifer has been the target by people also criticizing her weight, saying she’s too thin.
“People also criticized my weight, but they don’t know that I have a heart problem,” explains Jennifer. “They don’t know what’s going on in these people’s lives, they don’t know if there is a health issue that’s underlying some of these weight problems.”
Jennifer tells us that she and many of her other co-workers have received emails and Facebook comments from viewers slamming their appearances, which they feel they can get away with since reporters are in the public eye.
“It doesn’t matter if it is a man or if it is a woman, it depends on how it is said, and the point is people tend to be more brutal when they have the word ‘anonymous’ attached to an email or when they’re on a keyboard behind a computer screen,” Jennifer adds. “We are not made of stone, just because we are on air doesn’t mean we can be picked apart.”
Listen to our full interview with Jennifer Gould below.