Wow! That's pretty much all we can say to the hurtful letter a female Chicago television reporter received recently. But when you see what she did with it, you'll want to reach through your computer and give her a high-five (and maybe a hug, too).
Marcella Raymond, 50, is an 18-year veteran at WGN News. After such a long TV career, she was nothing less than stunned when a viewer sent a letter telling her she's "significantly out-of-shape" and that it's making her look older--which is affecting her on-the-job performance.
At first, the anonymous writer praises her fine reporting skills, but then he or she cuts right to the heart of the overall message. "Please allow me to point out (with great respect) that you have gained too much weight," the typed letter states. "The TV news game is a young person's business. Being overweight makes people look older than they actually are... especially facially."
Um, thanks for the career advice? After showing the hurtful message to her friends, Raymond decided to do something brave: She went public with the letter, sharing it on her Facebook page. People were outraged on her behalf--and thus began an outpouring of support.
"It was just mean," said Raymond when she explained her motivation behind sharing the letter. She also criticized the anonymous author for being "cowardly," and said she will never look like she did when she was 23 and refuses to spend her life obsessing about her weight.
"Our main job is not to wear a swimsuit or to look like a beauty queen. Our main job is to deliver the news in the best way we can," Raymond said in an interview with WGN Radio. "It's not about being the prettiest girl on TV."
PLUS: Here are the 11 most inspiring things ever said about aging gracefully.