Yesterday, I received a notification on my iPhone for yet another "breaking news" sports story. I usually scoff at these fluff-masterpiece-theater articles that sing to the tune of, "OMG YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE WHAT LEBRON ORDERED AT BURGER KING TODAY." Unfortunately, I was bored enough to read a laughable article titled, "Western Kentucky coach called reporter 'honey'."
OMG, you don't say?
They painted it as a harrowing tale of how a young female reporter by the name of Laura Britt, was marginalized by yet another misogynist patriarch. It was such a horrendous act and "breaking news" that big news networks picked it up. Enormous amounts of citizens banded together to demand Coach Rick Stansbury's head on Twitter.
Or did they?
First, let's take a look at the original video.
In case you missed the part where he said, "honey," like a colleague of mine did, it's at around the 15-second mark.
I was ready to move on from the story, but after a slight eye-roll I inadvertently caught Laura Britt's response:
Something just kind of made me cringe at this, so I had to read her reactions to this tweet.
This is where I drew the line and interjected with:
#REKT, am I right?
After I shared the screenshots of the tweet with a few friends, I thought that would be the end of it, but no, of course, it wasn't.
Today I grabbed a cup of coffee, go through my social media motions, and find that Laura was still trying to milk this gem. This was just one example:
Let's go over some facts to set the stage:
Laura happens to be a UAB alum.
Dane Hayes, highlighted by the USA Today article for his response to the pretend atrocity, also happens to be from Alabama.
I know that everyone in America has their eyes glued to the infamous Conference USA, but in case you missed it, Coach Stansbury's Hilltoppers pummeled UAB (98-70) right before this interview.
I find it amusing that the very people who initiated the conversation also happened to just have their hearts ripped out by WKU prior to tweeting about the alleged misogyny. Keep in mind it more than quite possibly ended UAB's chances at a bid for the big tournament.
Just a coincidence though, right?
How about Laura's "valid" question:
"Not sure if you know this yet, but you will move on to face Old Dominion - a team that you have beaten twice - just two weeks ago by 22 points. Is that going to be a little more difficult knowing that they're going to be seeking revenge against you guys?"
Hey Coach, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU KNOW THIS, but you're playing a team that's ahead of you in the standings, next. IN YOUR CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT.
Do you think that this is not insulting to a coach?
Let me rephrase it again.
YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW WHO YOU PLAY NEXT, SO LET ME - THE ALL KNOWING LAURA "EINSTEIN" BRITT - TELL YOU.
You think that might be "condensending"?
And then there's the next part which essentially says:
Are you guys scared of playing the team you have utterly abused twice?
Just stop, before you embarrass yourself more, Laura.
I think you had a typo. You surely meant vapid, not "valid". Maybe you can use the “I was auto-corrected” excuse again to redeem yourself.
I can think of a more valid question:
Who the hell is Laura Britt?
I've never heard of you. Ever. I'm sure the SJWs of Twitter are creating murals of you in the image of Rosie the Riveter before they investigate who you are, but I'm not convinced that this isn't a ploy to boost your career.
Even as significant websites started sensationalizing this story, your tweet only had six likes, in a network of 330 million people.
I've concluded that this is only "news" either because it happened on International Women's Day or because you (or the company you work for) needs some publicity.
If you are a "southerner" as you say, you wouldn't have given a second thought to someone calling you "honey." As a reporter, you should be prepared to have a response like that dished out towards you after such an incendiary thoughtless question.
The truth is you didn't seem like you cared to tweet about this "travesty" until your buddy Dane had something to say about it.
I know you're probably already off preparing a screenshot to immortalize me on your self-affirming monolith of a profile as "part of the problem".
"Another misogynist pig", the SJWs will say under their internet armor.
I am, however, quite the contrary.
A single mother of five raised me, in an all too common fatherless setting. I admire her for the strength it took to do that in a world where women are actually marginalized. The one where they're working three jobs because a lot of places pay women less than a man. You know, real jobs, like not reporting. The one where they are forced to ignore unwanted sexual advances because they are punished for speaking out.
Not this imaginary realm you're manufacturing, where pandering about common colloquialisms for attention is considered courageous.
What's sadder is that you don't realize that these networks don't care about you. Your "story" is only B-roll in the grand scheme of the new attention economy. They're using you.
Is that not misogyny itself?
I don't hate women. I'm just a lot like my mother; she hates sensitive bitches too, “honey”.
You and the rest of the “sports” world should do us all a favor and focus on sports.
Thank little baby 8 pound 6 ounce Jesus we have BRO Sports now.