Next time, just say, “No comment.”
Nobody needs to hear from you anymore, Britt McHenry. You still have your job, you still have your livelihood and you still have your car. That’s a lot more than a lot of people have.
You got a one-week suspension from ESPN last year after you were caught being super-mean to a parking lot attendant and shaming someone named Gina, a single mother of three, for her bad teeth and her weight and her crappy job. In a perfect world, we’d all be smart and pretty and have nice jobs.
But it’s not a perfect world, and I’m sorry you had to find that out the hard way over the last year. You truly had to deal with some crappy stuff. But so have a lot of other people in your line of work, people who have faced far worse for doing nothing except doing their jobs.
Reporters, male and female, have endured miles of hate and scorn and shame and ugly taunts on social media. And they never brought any of it on themselves. They probably read your piece with mild amusement, how you had to stick a needle in your eye because of the anxiety you brought on yourself.
But when Marie Claire magazine calls looking for you to contribute to a pity piece, a long screed about how your life’s been impacted by that one-minute, edited video that went viral a year ago, just decline. Nobody needs to hear from you anymore.
Why in the world would you dredge any of this up after we’ve forgotten about you?
Britt McHenry still has her job, so why bring up an incident from 2015?
You said you were sorry last year and Advanced Towing said you were forgiven and you shouldn’t lose your job for getting so mad. End of story, right?
But you did the piece, which went online Monday, and your long, rambling journey through how hard it was for you and how you were wrong to say those things is 2,000 words of content we just didn’t need. Maybe you needed to get it out, to tell the world how good of a person you really are and how decent your parents really are. But the rest of us? Come on.
Not now. Not today. But we’ll get back to that.
“For me, the key has been to focus on the present and on how to make myself a better person every day,” you said. “I know now that as soon as you feel an empowering moment of success, you can experience a moment of utter failure just as fast. It’s what you do after those moments that defines you. None of us should be judged solely by our worst mistakes. And, when you get the opportunity, you should work as hard as you can to prove that.”
So what have you done to make yourself a better person? That’s not in the story. What are you doing to stop the objectification of women? What are you doing to make people realize body shaming is a real issue and a hurtful one, particularly in your own business?
None of that made it into your story.
You were mad that night when your car was towed. We’ve all been there. You were probably not the first or last irate customer Gina’s had in her window. Getting your car towed or getting a ticket or having to go to traffic court sucks. It sucks for everybody. But the difference between you and most people, aside from being “in the news” is that we may be mad, we may have words with an attendant who gives us some attitude or pushes our buttons, but we don’t act like you did.
You are a big television star, and to rub that in someone’s face, to go after someone’s appearance, her teeth, her weight, her education, well, that’s the kind of stuff someone else we all know did.
Just for a refresher, here are some of the lowlights of that infamous night:
“I’m in the news, sweetheart, and I will f–king sue this place.”
“With no education, no skill set, just wanted to clarify that.”
“So I could be a college dropout and do the same thing.”
McHenry caught on tape in the middle of her irate rant.
“Maybe if I was missing some teeth, they would hire me, huh?”
“Cause I’m on television and you’re in a f–king trailer, honey.”
“Lose some weight, baby girl.”
If we didn’t know you said that stuff, it could just as easily pass for remarks at a Donald Trump campaign rally, doesn’t it?
A year later, what happened in that parking garage is important only for one thing. It represents the kind of language and behavior that’s too widely accepted in America now. It doesn’t keep you off the air and it sure as hell doesn’t keep you out of the White House.
You got a week vacation a year ago for an embarrassing event that’s going to follow you forever. So stop talking about it. Nobody cares. You have your job and your livelihood and you got your car back. As far as we can tell, you’ve done nothing to solve the problem.
So the next time someone wants you to tell your side of the story again, just say, “No comment.”
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News