As a seasoned TV news personality, Fox News’s Janice Dean has dealt with both good and bad comments about her work.
But one recent, negative comment from a viewer really hit home.
In a Facebook comment that the “Fox & Friends” meteorologist republished in a post, a viewer insisted that Dean stop showing her legs while wearing “short skirts.” The full comment read:
Dear Janice please stop allowing fox to dress you in those short skirts. They are not flattering on you. Your an attractive lady, love the 80’s hair, but your legs are distracting every time you walk on screen.
Dean shared that the message wasn’t hard to read because her clothing was being judged — instead, she said, as a woman with Multiple Sclerosis, she’s proud to have legs “to walk with.”
She responded by writing:
Fox doesn’t dress me. I dress myself. I’m sorry if you don’t like my legs. I’m grateful I have them to walk with. You’re right. I don’t look like the typical person on TV, and I’m proud to be a size 10. Imagine that! You can always turn the channel if you’re offended by my huge legs. Hope you don’t mind. I may share your post with everyone on my FB page. All the best, Janice
Dean explained in a Fox News op-ed that she’s lived with Multiple Sclerosis for over 10 years, and she’s proud of her “distracting” legs:
My big legs have always been a sore spot for me, but now more than ever I am proud of them. Because with MS, I could lose my ability to walk literally any day. So I’ve learned to be proud of my legs, and am grateful for them every day of my life.
Dean continued by explaining that someone special from her past pointed out why she should show off her legs, not hide them:
The response I received was overwhelming […]
My first MS nurse, Jen, who has since become a good friend, made me cry because she wrote this on my page:
Dear Janice, I LOVE those strong legs. I LOVE that you stand tall, walk, run, squat, lunge, skip, jump and hop on those legs. You are blessed and a blessing to have STRONG legs!!! Wear skirts proudly and show your STRONG legs!!! Love you my angel.
Viewers immediately jumped in to show Dean their support:
The meteorologist shared in a comment that she was grateful for the fans’ outpouring:
Watch Dean describe the emotions she felt reading the comment in the video below: