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Star of The Help, Octavia Spencer, caught up with reporters Friday night at GLSEN’s Respect Awards in Beverly Hills where she discussed the recent bullying incident of TV news anchor Jennifer Livingston.
But E! News reports that the Oscar-winning actress didn’t exactly feel that Livingston was bullied. “She stood up for herself and I appreciate that. I don’t necessarily know that it was bullying.”
The incident Spencer refers to happened earlier this week when Livingston – sister to actor Ron Livingston – responded to a nasty, hateful e-mail sent in by a viewer that attacked her weight. The news anchor proceeded to use airtime to not only fight back but to raise awareness for bullying.
Spencer added further opinion, stating, “I think we have to be very careful about using and overusing the term because we desensitize ourselves to it.” She continued to say that she’s not a “bullying expert” but she feels that “facing coercion or physical repercussions on a daily basis” and being criticized are two “very different things.”
According to Contact Music, Spencer directed a short film earlier this year, titled The Unforgiving, which tells the story of a young boy who is bullied at school.
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