Michael Prager on Wisconsin news anchor Jennifer Livingston:
In her response, Livingston said, “that man’s words mean nothing to me.” But seeing her repeatedly punctuate her points with pointed finger, it was impossible to believe her.
I believe the truth is that she was very hurt by it. They were hurtful comments, and hurtful comments hurt. And, significantly, they hurt more when the recipient already believes the criticism, which we know Livingston does because she told us. “Do you think I don’t know that, that your cruel words are pointing out something I don’t see?”
I don’t agree with Michael that it’s always the case that “it is not good to be fat.” But I tend to agree with him that the more-or-less bully/victim media reporting of the Livingston story obscures other, more subtle, aspects to weight and weight stigma.