I was on the Today show yesterday!
Oh golly. You may not know it, but I’m totally stealing someone else’s thunder. And that someone else is my friend, Kenlie. Let me catch you up (this is old news for anyone that follows Kenlie’s wonderful blog, All The Weigh):
A few weeks ago, Kenlie had a terrible experience with Southwest Airlines, where she was humiliated in front of a plane-full of people because of her size. Kenlie blogged about what happened, which caught the attention of Southwest higher-ups at their corporate headquarters. They provided Kenlie with some free flight vouchers as part of their apology, and Kenlie decided to take a negative and turn it into a positive by using the vouchers to come to Los Angeles and meet and work out with one of her idols, Richard Simmons.
I got to hang out with Kenlie when she was in LA last week (and had a ball), and on Saturday, we were both at Slimmons for Richard’s classes (see pictures here). By then, her story had become news across the country, thanks to some major news outlets writing about it, and the Today show booked her to be a guest. They sent a camera crew to Slimmons to film her working out with Richard, and they also conducted an interview with her in the Slimmons lobby (which she handled stupendously).
So, yesterday morning, Kenlie was interviewed live by Ann Curry on the Today show, and they aired a tape package that told her story and incorporated a lot of the Slimmons footage. You can Kenlie on the Today show here.
Even if you look closely, frame by frame, you won’t see me in the video. But, about 10 minutes before the interview, when Meredith Vieira and Ann Curry were billboarding what stories were coming up that half-hour, they used a shot from Slimmons that I am in! It was for all of 4 seconds, if that, but still! I was on TV again! I paused it, and took a picture as proof:
That’s me in red, Kenlie to my left, Heidi on the other side of Kenlie, and to Heidi’s left is her hubby, Tom, although you can’t see much of Tom.
If you haven’t clicked that bolded link a few paragraphs above, to watch Kenlie on TV, you definitely should. Kenlie is one impressive woman. She took a crappy situation, and instead of positioning herself as a victim, she’s positioned herself as an advocate, standing up for equal rights and arguing that no one, regardless of size, should be treated with the lack of respect the way she was. I’m so proud (and in awe) of the way Kenlie has conducted herself – she’s remained eloquent and dignified and has kept her cool and her wits about her.
I think about all the times that I’ve flown when I weighed around 400 pounds (something I write about in detail here), and I’m so thankful I was never treated the way Kenlie was treated – first off, because no one should be, and secondly, because I would have been a sobbing mess who’d be solely focused on getting away from the situation and slinking off to a corner or a restroom, which probably means the last thing I’d have done was continue to draw attention to myself by standing up for my rights.
So I’m giving a standing ovation to Kenlie. Keep it up, Kenlie – you’re an inspiration to many, including me, for both your weight loss (127 pounds and counting), and as an example on how to conduct and carry yourself in this world.
As for me, well, my face was seen by millions of people this morning, and, if I do say so myself, I looked good. Ha!
Keep it up, David!