On Monday, Janice Dean, the senior meteorologist for FOX News Channel (FNC) and the morning meteorologist for FNC’s FOX &Friends, who has suffered from multiple sclerosis for ten years, got a rude couple of comments on her Facebook page from a viewer who slammed her for wearing skirts, saying that the skirts made her legs and knees look huge.
The viewer wrote:
Dear Janice, please stop allowing fox to dress you in those short skirts. They are not flattering on you. Your (sic) an attractive lady, love the 80's hair, but your legs are distracting every time you walk on screen.
Another commenter asked pointedly, “And how do you look when you are on television??”
The first commenter replied:
They are dressing her in mini skirts that make her legs and knees look huge. She is older, and different body type than most of the woman on the show. I'm not a public figure that has a public website for viewers to leave their thoughts and opinions. That is Janice's job, and her business website. I didn't seek her out at home and give an unsolicited opinion. If you think it is flattering to her than give her your opinion.
Dean then fired back, saying she was grateful just to be able to use her legs.
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.
After other commenters came to Dean’s defense, she added:
Well, now I'm in tears. Who knew a post sharing something disparaging about my legs would make me feel so good. Thank you all for being so kind. I truly am proud of my big strong legs. One day they may give out on me, but for now they help me walk, stand, jump, kick with the Rockettes and make snow angels. I am blessed. Thank you all for reminding me of that. xo
Dean wrote later:
I have had multiple sclerosis (MS) for more than 10 years. 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."
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.
One fan wasn’t reticent about what he thought of Dean’s legs: