A Violent Femme’s View – Stupid Girls
I can’t imagine being a professional sports journalist. Well, I take that back. I can imagine it. I think sometimes how much fun it must be to get paid to report on something you love. (Well, more pay than a mug and a t-shirt anyway, which is all Wally has offered me so far. )
As anyone who has any knowledge of sports journalism knows, it is harder for female journalists covering men’s sports to get respect than their male counterparts. They have to deal with chauvinism of all sorts, from people thinking females don’t belong in a locker room, to women who get press credentials who really shouldn’t, who then proceed to screw things up royally for women who are competent, hardworking, talented journalists. There have definitely been inroads, but often it’s one step forward, two steps back.
So, there are already problems inherent for a woman choosing to cover men’s sports. Not the least of which is Joe Namath hitting on you on national television, eh Suzy Kolber?
And then there’s people like THIS. When I watched this (h/t to @TomPelissero and @gerdiaz) I almost threw up. Repeatedly. She looked like she wanted to ‘ride the train around the bases’ with David Freese, as @missannielynn said, didn’t she?
I realize this person is a ‘morning show host’. I realize the level of fluff required that seems comes along with that. (Trust me, I’ve watched Hoda & Kathie Lee since I’ve been on my little ‘vacation’ aka unemployment. I know. Feel sorry for me now?) She’s not a ‘sports reporter’ and the intent of the piece was not to ask David Freese tough questions about why the Cardinals keep kicking the proverbial shit out of the Brewers. (Why IS that, by the way?)
Thee level of stupidity and drivel that this particular piece rises to takes the proverbial cake. “Do you think I’m pretty?” NO. YOU’RE NOT PRETTY AND THIS ISN’T CUTE. You are, in fact, making women ‘journalists’ look STUPID and you, additionally, don’t seem to be worried about the fact that you are coming across as a complete and utter idiot. And in the process, you make the case for why some people won’t take women reporting on men’s sports seriously almost as much as someone like Ines Sainz. This is some serious dreck.
As a professional female journalist told me (who may or may not be named Jen Lada), “I’m just stunned that any conscientous reporter would want to attach his or her name and reputation to such a juvenile segment. More than anything, to me, it reeks of laziness. Especially with such an obvious OBVIOUS comparison between an MLB (particularly the Cardinals’ 2011) season and a roller coaster ride – one of the most well known metaphors in sports! Is it a fluff piece? Yes, but as a professional, you can always inject some integrity into a story. And frankly, it’s our responsibility to do just that. Hold oneself to a higher standard. I’m sorry for being so critical but she clearly had no interest in being credible – something that was evident the moment she announced that her “bestie” was tagging along. She may be a very competent young lady but she certainly didn’t show much of that here.” No, she certainly did not.
I can call Mike McCarthy “hawt” on Twitter. I can (and now will) joke about my unexplainable crush on him in this very blog post. Also, I’ve marveled at the attractiveness of certain professional athletes. But I’m not a professional journalist – and – even as a fan and a blogger I would never sink to the level at which this woman (seemingly happily) arrives. I do see, however, in some male bloggers a tendency to take the female ones less seriously. In the case of the Pocket Doppler Angels, that would be a very serious mistake.
She’s a perfect example of what is still making it hard for women to achieve success in sports reporting as easily as men, whether it be in print or video. Would you want someone this vapid in your team’s locker room? I wouldn’t either. I can’t believe David Freese even got on the roller coaster with her. (Of course, he also plays for the St. Louis Cardinals, so he’s already got issues. I kid, I kid.)
Come on ladies, don’t do this to yourselves. Don’t be the ‘stupid girl’. It’s not worth it. And you’re continuing to make the road to respect and success harder for others who actually take this type of work seriously.