It’s the perfect rainy day outside. No thunder, no lightening, just a steady flow of droplets peacefully falling from the sky; it’s almost relaxing in a way. Even Maddie (who hates thunderstorms) is sleeping peacefully on the couch without a care in the world. We rarely get quiet rain like this in Florida, so it’s a nice treat.
I was at the gym early this morning for my workout. I had to get out of my head and hitting the treadmill was the perfect escape. You know that feeling when you know you just have to to run? That was me. It felt so good to completely zone out while knocking out my planned 3 miles. Running is my favorite therapy. After the treadmill I did Workout A from The Wedding Workout and headed home for breakfast.
Granola + Pear + Peanut Butter
I stayed on the treadmill a little longer today to watch the story on the anchor who stood up to a viewer on air for criticizing her weight.
If you are unable to watch the clip, tv anchor Jennifer Livingston received an online message from a viewer who called her a bad role model to young girls for being obese. Jennifer responded by going on air and declaring that the viewer was no better than a bully. Jennifer decided to take the stand in honor of National Anti-Bullying Month and to teach her daughter that it’s okay to take a stand against bullies. It wasn’t the weight comment that bothered Jennifer, it was the statement that she was a bad role model even after the viewer admitted to never watching her show and knowing little about her personally.
Jennifer addressed “the bully” less than 48hrs ago, but her clip has already gone viral. Remember the post I wrote about the “Support Whitney Kropp” campaign? A week ago the Facebook page had 40,000 supporters, now it has over 142,000 (and is still growing). What about the video of the bus lady who was bullied by students riding the bus that went viral over the summer? A campaign in her honor raised over $455,000 so she could take a vacation.
Social media is giving a voice to those that have been bullied, just as it gives a voice to bullies who are attacking their victims (that’s a whole other story though). These support campaigns go viral because it’s a hot topic that more people can relate to than not. We’ve all been there and we’ve all wanted to take a stand like Jennifer did. She’s the inspiration and a good reminder that it is ok to stand up and fight back (or even to defend those that are being bullied, as she was trying to teach her daughter). I’d say that’s what makes her an excellent role model for little girls out there and that’s where the viewer had it wrong.
I’m glad I stayed on to watch the story because it gave me a lot to think about. I didn’t know it was National Anti-Bullying Month, but I would like to find a way to become involved with it. I have some ideas spinning, so we’ll see.
What did you think about Jennifer’s story?