News Anchorwoman Gives A Bully A Piece of Her Mind

There’s nothing like the scorn of an angry woman.. especially when it is the result of a taunting & bullying message.

WKBT news anchor Jennifer Livingston enlightened viewers with a dose of reality after receiving an anonymous letter discussing her overweight appearance & how she is a bad example for the community. Not only did she show courageousness by publicly sharing the letter with her audience, but she has also inspired us all to learn a big lesson from this – words hurt people. It is our job as individuals (even more importantly as parents & caretakers) to set positive examples of human behavior, starting at childhood. However, I also believe that this doesn’t end there — as adults, we also understand the impact bullying has (whether or not from personal experience) and we must tell each other when we know something is wrong. We’ve all dealt with bullying at one point in our lives – it only continues to worsen if not addressed early on.

After her story went online, flocks of people (friends & strangers) expressed their disgust about this letter and support for the admirable person Livingston is (outside & in.) She’s set a great example for individuals that may be scared to speak up when being bullied by telling them it is unacceptable.

Actually, it’s quite simple. As the saying goes, “treat others as you would want to be treated”. While simple and succinct, this phrase nails the topic right on its head.

BOATLIFT Shows Anyone Can Be A Hero

In light of the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2011, I urge you to watch this short documentary about the individuals we didn’t hear about on 9/11.  These were the people that worked on the water and helped to relocate almost 500,000 individuals affected in the downtown NYC area in a 9-hour period. These  people who we typically call “Average Joes” became heroes during the events in lower Manhattan on September 11.

In the twelve minutes it took for BOATLIFT to tell its story, as a viewer you feel that you’re re-living the day as it just happened. The raw emotions that are shown by these brave individuals in the documentary only touch the surface of how people are still coping with the events of this day.

Inspiration comes in all forms. For these sailors to come together for the sole purpose of wanting to help others in unknown circumstances is nothing short of bold, courageous and heroic.

Film is narrated by Tom Hanks, directed by Eddie Rosenstein; 2011

WWE & GLAAD Play Nice and Promote Anti-Bullying

GLAAD took it upon themselves to contact WWE directly after its employees heard the homophobic slurs that were spoken by fighter John Cena.

Last month, he was yelling out slurs about former wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who left the WWE to pursue his acting career. Cena said, “Just don’t go racing to Witch Mountain, Rock, cause your mountain is Brokeback,”* making references to his Disney movies.

Cena took it a step further a week later by bashing on current champion, “The Miz”, which included, “…Now The Miz and Alex Riley are co-champions and to celebrate it they’re going to move in together. They’re going to buy one of those tandem bikes and ride to bed bath and beyond to buy some duvets.”**

Since WWE dialogue is sceripted, (just like any other TV show), this is where GLAAD became concerned. When reaching out to the WWE, they were extremely sympathetic and issud a formal apology to GLAAD:

 

“WWE takes this issue very seriously, and has already spoken with our talent about these incidents. We are taking steps and working with GLAAD to ensure that our fans know that WWE is against bullying or discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. We strongly value our fans in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and apologize to them for these incidents.”***

Now that they’ve moved on, the two organizations are working together to create an anti-bully campaign, as the WWE’s goal is to maintain its biggest demographic – young, active men while respecting other individuals and doing its best to use its power to the best of its ability.

Sources:

*http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/03/22/WWE_Pledges_Smackdown_on_Bullying/

**http://www.prowrestling.com/article/news/18049

***http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/wwe-news/glaad-upset-over-john-cena-rap.php