DES MOINES, Iowa — You might know Erin Kiernan best as the Channel 13 anchor for the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. Or if you’re apt to getting your news from social media, you might know her best through the photos she posts of her son Michael Francis.
But it’s one of her more recent posts about motherhood that’s going viral.
Kiernan posted a photo of herself and Michael Francis on April 12, writing “I used to think I knew what exhausted was. Hilarious.”
Hundreds of fans reached out to the new mom, thanking her for showing a “real mom moment,” one woman described it as. The post inspired another mom to share her own “exhaustion” photo of herself with her child.
But it was one comment that prompted Kiernan to share another “real mom moment”:
“This doesn’t even look like the same person!” Etc, etc…mean, nasty, hateful comments…
These ARE NOT pictures of the same person.
The post has garnered nearly 10,000 likes and 700 comments in less than 24 hours. The post was also shared more than 200 times.
But maybe more importantly, the post is serving as a place for an open discussion.
“I love that you are so honest and willing to share that you are a normal person just like the rest of us. You don’t pretend to be someone that you are not and you don’t hide the fact that your life is not always glamorous,” Nancy Layvonne Kelderman wrote.
“Thank you for being real. You’re lovely, but our world is so focused on image and so lacking in authenticity (and often, kindness) that some people don’t know how to deal with anything presented as less than perfect. I think a picture of a mommy in the trenches is simply beautiful,” Crystal White Rhoads wrote.
Jennifer Livingston is a Cedar Rapids native and anchor for WKBT in Wisconsin, whose response to a body-shaming email made national news. In 2012, she took four minutes on-air to address a viewer email that said she was not a “suitable example for this community’s young people” because of her weight.
“To the person who wrote me that letter — do you think I don’t know that? That your cruel words are pointing out something that I don’t see?” Livingston asked in response. “You don’t know me. You are not a friend of mine. You are not a part of my family. And you have admitted that you don’t watch this show. So you know nothing about me but what you see on the outside. And I am much more than a number on the scale.”
Livingston thanked friends, family and colleagues, saying, “I will never be able to thank you enough for your words of support, and for taking a stand against this bully. We are better than that email. We are better than the bullies that will try to take us down.”
Thanking her own fans, Kiernan took the time to reply to nearly every person who commented on her response to the “snarky message.”
Read Kiernan’s entire post below: