October 4th, 2012
12:37 PM ET
"Office Space" actor Ron Livingston is cheering on his sister, TV news anchor Jennifer Livingston, as she takes on a viewer who emailed her a critique of her weight.
Jennifer, an anchor with WKBT in Wisconsin, went on air Tuesday morning to address the viewer, Kenneth Krause, who told her that "obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain. I leave you this note hoping you'll reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy lifestyle."
Krause went on to express surprise that Jennifer's "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 decided to publicly address Krause, pointing out that he doesn't know anything about her other than what he can see on TV - "and I am much more than a number on a scale," she said.
She received an outpouring of support for taking a stand against bullying, not the least of which from her brother, Ron.
"My sister Jennifer is an Emmy winning journalist and mother of three amazing girls," Ron said in a statement, according to Us Weekly. "She brings an exceptional dedication to her job, her family, and her community, and has been a role model of mine for many, many years. I'm extremely proud of her."
Jennifer told CNN's Soledad O'Brien that her decision to speak up wasn't about Krause as much as it was an attempt to shine a light on a critical culture. And as Krause sticks by his emailed message, saying in a statement that he hopes Jennifer 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," Jennifer's encouraging her supporters to refrain from attacking him.
"I hold no ill will towards him, and I hope that people don't bully the bully. I don't want to make him an evil representation of the whole world. I just hope that at some point he will learn that he could've approached the topic in a much more kind way."
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