Philadelphia anchorman Jason Martinez has learned a lesson. Think before you post on social media. What he did a couple of days ago has gone viral.
Martinez posted, “God. That’s scary” on the Instagram page of Lizzy Velasquez. She is a motivational speaker, author and anti-bullying activist. Lizzy has been bullied her entire life because of her appearance. She has a rare disease that does not allow her to gain weight and it has effected her eyes. I did a story on her in 2013.
When Lizzie saw Martinez’ post on Instagram, she is gave him the benefit of the doubt. She replied,
Dear @jasonmartineztv, I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and say you didn’t mean to say this directly to me. Since October is national anti bullying awareness month, let’s take this as a learning moment and remember even “joking” like this to a friend can always end up hurting someone else. Shortly after posting this he did reach out to apologize which I will always accept and offer forgiveness. Let’s do better next time. #daretonekind FOX 29
Right away her more than 600-thousand followers on social media slammed Martinez for his insensitive post. Martinez who is the main anchor at Fox 29 in Philadelphia apologized with a post on his own Instagram page. He called it “a mistake”, but he had already angered Lizzie’s supporters.
The Martinez post even made it into the Philadelphia newspaper within hours.
Lizzie’s friends and followers did not let up. Some turned into bullies themselves and that’s when Lizzie stepped in. She posted a video Monday afternoon on her social media and said, “You know my style is always kindness and forgiveness above everything and anything.” She encouraged her supporters to stop sending hate to Fox 29, Jason Martinez and his family.
Maybe Martinez should take some advice from some of the kinder people who posted on his Facebook page and use this as a teachable moment on Fox 29. He should do a story for October anti-bullying month and use his bad post as an example and interview Lizzie for the story since she has become the voice for anti-bullying online. It’s a good way to make up for a “mistake” that will live forever on the internet.