Friday, April 17, 2015

AOTW: Real Life (ESPN) Mean Girl

Weldome back to the Asshole of The Week, where each and every Friday we single out one person, place, or thing that is the absolute worst.  This week we have a real life mean girl, whose entitlement and air of personal superiority leads only to her embarrassment and inevitable suspension of employment.

When a person trains to be a journalist, one of the first really important things they learn (other than what a hed and deck are) is how to conduct themselves.  Journalists are expected to at all times carry themselves with the utmost display of ethics and morals, because in their careers a reputation is the backbone of credibility.  Without this, their career is over.

And although you will see that she makes it very clear she has a degree from a university, Britt McHenry must have missed that day in class.

Cameras don't stop rude people.

A video has popped up on LiveLeak of a woman who appears to be ESPN reporter Britt McHenry dressing down a towing company employee, making fun of the woman’s features, and using the “do you know who I am?” argument.

It’s unclear what exactly made the woman who looks like McHenry so mad, but she is furious. At one point, she looks directly at the security camera. Some select quotes, pretty much made up of the kind of things you might not be able to believe came from an actual real person and not a teen movie villain:

“I’m in the news sweetheart, I will fucking sue this place.”

“So I could be a college dropout and do the same thing?”

“I’m on television and you’re in a fucking trailer, honey.”

“Lose some weight, baby girl.”

When asked for comment, a spokesperson for ESPN said, “We are aware of a recent exchange between Britt McHenry and a towing company employee. We are now reviewing the matter with her.”

McHenry then gave her own comment a half hour later:

In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and regrettable things. As frustrated as I was, I should always choose to be respectful and take the high road. I am so sorry for my actions and will learn from this mistake.

Then, another half hour later, ESPN, known for suspending the fuck out of their employees when they do or say something dumb, suspended her ass for one week.

Sure, she didn't fabricate any stories, or say something racist, but she did compose herself in the manor of a huge asshole.  Which allows her to get back on television soon.  However, Britt, we will all remember that when we are hear about Peyton Manning's arm for the next 15 weeks, it will be from an asshole's mouth that we hear it.

Enjoy sitting on your couch Ms. McHenry, because this week you are easily the Asshole of The Week. Perhaps you could use this time to take a quick refresher on The Golden Rule, since they also skipped that in your education.  Fuck yourself.

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