Eating Jerky For Breakfast…

Unless you’ve been summering with the Amish (wut up, Dunkelman), you may or may not have heard the story going around on the news and via the web about Jennifer Livingston, a news anchor who stood up to a very rude and self-righteous lawyer when he criticized her weight.   To see her response to the below smoke blowing, click on this link.  In the spirit of National Jerk Week, and since I know most of you do not speak fluent “Jerkese,” allow me to translate Kenneth Krause’s email.

It’s unusual that I see your morning show, but I did so for a very short time today. (Since the mirror I practice flexing in front of for 3 hours every morning broke.)

I was surprised indeed to witness that your physical condition hasn’t improved for many years. (As God’s gift to women, I am obviously an 11.)

Surely you don’t consider yourself a suitable example for this community’s young people, girls in particular. (I will never have a girlfriend and I’m bittered because I lost my 30 cents off a tube of Preparation H coupon.)

Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain.  (I am an idiot.) 

I leave you this note hoping that you’ll reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy lifestyle. (Durrrrrr… bacon!)

He went on to reply after she replied to his email:

Given this country’s present epidemic of obesity and the many truly horrible diseases related thereto, and considering Jennifer Livingston’s fortuitous position in the community, I hope she will finally take advantage of a rare and golden opportunity to influence the health and psychological well-being of Coulee Region children by transforming herself for all of her viewers to see over the next year, and, to that end, I would be absolutely pleased to offer Jennifer any advice or support she would be willing to accept.

(If you were the last person on Earth and I needed a Band-Aid, I’d bleed to death.)  

My intent is not to bully a bully… and I actually wouldn’t consider Kenneth Krause’s email to be bullying… something that could lead to bullying if he persisted in being a jerkbutt; this is more just an idiot spewing his jerkiness around the interwebs.  Boy, have I met my share of them folk.  Not via the interwebs, but in real life.  They helped me define myself by my weight.  I wasn’t Whitney, the talented girl with so much to offer.  I was Whitney, the fat chic.  And that’s a shame… it really is.  Like Jennifer said in her response, we are so much more than a number on a scale.  Because I was Whitney, the fat chic, that’s all I ever thought I’d be… my self-esteem/self-confidence was in the crapper, and I didn’t think I deserved to do anything to better myself.  They won… all of those people who spoke Jerkese and shamed me for my physical appearance… they all won.

It’s time to take the power back.  We are so much more than our physical appearance.  Believe it!  Embrace it!  We deserve to know who we are and what we’re capable of.  I refuse to give any of my self-worth away to people from the planet Jerkazoid!  You best believe it!

Question of the Day:  Would you consider his email bullying?  What constitutes a bully? 


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17 responses to “Eating Jerky For Breakfast…

  1. Katbaran

    I heard about this the other day online. I wouldn’t consider it bullying. I just think the guy is a dirt bag with way too much time on his hands. Some folks just feel the need to foist their opinions on everyone in their own way. I think Jennifer Livingston did a brave and wonderful thing by standing up to him and reminding women that we are NOT a number on a scale. Good for her!

  2. Lindsay

    I applaud you Whit, It’s true that we are more than our physical appearance! I am proud for you that you have come this far to recognize that now!


    Question of the Day: Would you consider his email bullying? What constitutes a bully?

    My reaction to the email was that it was rude.
    I actually said it out loud when I was reading it. “How RUDE!”
    What gets me hot under the collar is that the email-er actually thinks he knows about this person. He has the audacity to think his email is going to motivate and encourage her. That makes him an idiot.
    I know from personal experience that criticism is NOT encouraging nor is it motivational. You feel like “i’ll show them” for all of a few hrs or days but then reality sets in and you are just mad which leads to going to the fridge/pantry for comfort.
    This email-er doesn’t know her situation. She may had pregnancy weight to lose. She may have a thyroid condition or other condition that makes her weight-loss resistant. She may be doing everything correct and just not “seeing” the results yet. You have to lose 20% of your body weight before ‘others’ will notice. She could be like most of us that have weight to lose and know what needs to be done but just aren’t ready yet to do it.
    I personally did not find anything wrong with the way she looks. She is a pretty lady that is well educated and well spoken. We should embrace her differences and see what good things she brings to a broadcast. Her size or weight has no bearing on her ability to report or do her job. Being a size 2 or size 24 doesn’t make her a better or worse reporter/newscaster/anchor person.
    I don’t know much about this cyber-bullying but yes I would classify it as such.
    Hearing about the rise in cyber-bullying instances from the news ( especially towards kids ) makes me really glad we homeschool and we are not on social networking sites.
    I thank God for his guidance and for our blessings. We are very thankful.

  4. cl2

    I call it bullying. One of the last allowable prejudices–and we have to wear it for the whole world to see.

  5. Avster

    I wouldn’t considering it bullying… he’d have to keep pestering her about it for it to begin to be bullying… but it was rude, crude, and idiotic.

    I hadn’t heard about this so I guess I’m Amish. :b

    This one… “Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain.”
    Uh, yeah, I’m sure that Jennifer woke up one morning and said, “Today marks the day when I begin to try to become obese.”

    • How did you know her thoughts when she gets up in the morning… I think I’ll eat a whole pig and sit on the cough all day just to spite myself… that sounds like a great idear!

  6. Karen

    One of the most challenging things in life is to embrace who we are inspite of how we are treated or have let others make us believe we are. I still struggle with just being me and knowing it is OK–and weight is not my issue as you know.

  7. Amy

    Yes. I do consider it bullying. A bully is any combination of arrogance, overbearance of opinion, insensitivity, judgement, and I have to add poor self concept- (they often lash out at others to bring their own esteem up). Doesn’t this krass dude know Livingston has a mirror? Doesn’t he see anything beyond this single aspect of her as a woman? Perhaps her gorgeous smile, her intelligence? Her moxie in calling him out? Many more things I would know if I knew her? The folks on Fox New’s “the Five” said something to the effect of if they replied to every email that shredded their looks or height, etc. etc. then they would never get done emailing everyone. Well, I applaud Livingston in replying because she fell victim to the idea that all females on TV should be a size 2 and drop-dead attractive. She is pretty but she was the first to admit she’s not a size 4. Duh. Maybe krass could take some of his own advice in being a good example for the young and look beyond his initial concept of woman. Perhaps women are just a robotic version of what he sees in those mags he looks through. (Sorry. I couldn’t help myself). I myself have a thorn in my side aside from weight that has tortured me for years now. I can tell him that I am the first to admit it but I have had to remind myself countless times and take solace and great comfort in the fact that though man (and especially the particular individual dealing with their own thorns) “looketh upon the outward appearance, the Lord looketh upon the heart. Society’s shallow view of me would make me into an absolute nothing. The Lord knows and for some reason still loves me even though I could quite often attend and win at the ugly bug ball. Thank heaven for the curling iron and a lil lipgloss. The dude and all of us could remember that “in the quiet heart is hidden sorrow that the eye can’t see”. Send out a lil compassion. Gather up the barbs. It’s a soft spot here… apparently.

    • You totally can’t see me but I just gave you a standing ovation, Amy! If only you could send Mr. JerkButt up there this eloquent argument. The most beautiful people I know are beautiful because of what’s on the inside. I don’t want to be associating with someone who is physically beautiful but is a shallow, rude person with no sense of humor. And you, my friend, have beauty in spades!

  8. Amy

    sorry but one more thing… in the ’90’s, Supermodel Cindy Crawford made an exercise video series and bragged about her svelte size 6 hiney. Rightfully so. Our idea of beautiful has shrunk mightily since then evidenced in one of bzilliions of times when size 4 actress Jennifer Love Hewitt was called fat! No love for J Love apparently. Thought I’d add a lil perspective to one of my bigger pet peeves. Have a look at facebook’s Beauty Redefined= honest commentary n help on womens self concept issues n media perceptions.

    • Another wonderfully true point!! The “models” of the 50s and 60s were curvy women. They had a bit of junk in their trunk if you know what I’m saying. Today, if there’s an ounce of junk on anyone’s trunk, you’re fat and incapable of being beautiful. I keep going back to Jessica Simpson and her mom jeans. She’s probably the size of my leg in real life, yet she’s the cowiest cow there is according to unrealistic standards of today!

  9. Amen Whitney! You are Whitney the beautiful and talented woman that has so much to offer and don’t you ever forget it!

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