News reporters, particularly female reporters, are subject to much more criticism and online hate than you think. The Internet has made it easy for viewers to communicate their thoughts—positive and negative—to reporters and TV personalities. And in the same fashion, it has made it easy for reporters to respond.
Viewers too often forget that those they see on screen are human. They are no more immune than we are to hate, and if you’ve ever been the victim of Internet trolling, you know how easy it is to let a little Twitter nonsense get under your skin. But instead of wallowing in self-pity, the following news reporters stood up for themselves and clapped back—loudly. What resulted was pure glory.
Watch as news reporters put their rude viewers on blast here.
When someone tried to lecture Jennifer Livingston about obesity
After receiving a letter from a viewer who wanted to let her know her “physical condition hasn’t improved for many years,” WKBT’s Jennifer Livingston put the viewer (who hilariously admitted to rarely watching the show) on blast. Livingston read and addressed the letter in a four-minute segment, calling out the irony that she had received it in October, a.k.a. National Bullying Prevention Month.
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When someone told reporter Marcella Raymond she had “gained too much weight”
WGN-TV reporter Marcella Raymond received an extremely rude letter earlier this year from a viewer who thought that she had “gained too much weight.” Raymond posted the full letter to her Facebook and addressed it on air.
“I’m 50 years old. I’m not gonna look like I did when I was 23 and I can’t compete with those girls,” she said. “I don’t need someone else pointing out my flaws. It was just mean.”
When Sarah Spain and Julie DiCaro endured men reading mean tweets about them
ESPN’s Sarah Spain and WGN Radio’s Julie DiCaro sat as men read mean, vulgar tweets about them. The subsequent video was part of Just Not Sports’ #MoreThanMean campaign to bring attention to the harassment women in sports frequently experience.
When someone tried to tell Barbara Ciara she couldn’t wear bold jewelry
A “gentleman viewer” wrote an email to WTKR NewsChannel 3’s Barbara Ciara, calling her jewelry on the show “the biggest and worst jewelry I have ever seen.” Ciara responded to the email, posting her response to Facebook. “Perhaps you are correct, you are so distracted you didn’t hear a word I said,” she wrote, adding the hashtag “#beenaroundtoolongtobebullied.”
When someone told Mitchell McCoy “society is not ready for gay men reading news”
I get many emails but this tops it. I've dreamt of being a reporter since I was 9 and I won't stop on your behalf. pic.twitter.com/gyFCRHfPHi
— Mitchell McCoy (@MitchellMcCoy) May 23, 2016
Mitchell McCoy of KARK 4 News tweeted an ignorant email he got from a viewer who said he/she couldn’t stand his “gayness.” Rather than spreading the hate, McCoy shared an inspirational message via a series of tweets. “No matter who you are or what you believe in—dream loudly and don’t let anyone get in your way,” he wrote. “The minute you stop is the minute you stop being who you are. It’s not worth it. #DreamOn #StepUpStopBullying.”