There’s a fine line between giving helpful, constructive criticism and being absolutely bloody rude about something that’s none of your business.
Actually, scratch that. The line is about as wide as the Grand Canyon, but that particular memo apparently hasn’t reached some people — people, such as a viewer of a US TV station in Wisconsin who thought he’d take it upon himself to write to the station’s news anchor Jennifer Livingston to inform her that she’s fat.
After not watching the news bulletin for some years, the viewer took time out of his no doubt busy schedule of daily upbraiding random strangers for what he considers their moral failings, to tell Livingston that he, ‘was surprised indeed to witness that your physical condition hasn’t improved for many years. Surely you don’t consider yourself a suitable example for this community’s young people, girls in particular.’
Jennifer Livingston on the set of her WKBT TV show. (Photo: WKBT News 8 This Morning Facebook page).
The viewer added that Livingstone had a ‘community responsibility’ to lose weight since, ‘Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain.’ Livingstone responded with a reasoned, graceful and polite on-air reply that has become an internet hit.