Permanently Terminate All Contracts with Britt McHenry Now
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On April 5th, 2015, ESPN reporter Britt McHenry viciously verbally harassed an innocent Advanced Towing Company (Arlington, VA) attendee after McHenry had parked in the wrong lot. Video of her demeaning tirade was posted here: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=9d1_1429192014.
Among her shockingly derogatory, classist, and body-shaming comments were:
- - “That’s why I have a degree and you don’t.”
- - “Yep, that’s all you care about is just taking people’s money. With no education, no skill set, just wanted to clarify that.”
- - “Why? Because I have a brain? And you don’t?”
- - “Maybe if I was missing some teeth they would hire me, huh?”
- - “‘Cause they [the employee’s teeth] look so stunning … ‘Cause I’m on television and you’re in a fucking trailer, honey.”
- - “Lose some weight, baby girl.”
Currently McHenry is serving a mere 1-week suspension for her outburst.
We, the undersigned, petition ESPN Inc., the Walt Disney Company, ABC News, and all other employers of Britt McHenry to terminate all contracts with Britt McHenry immediately, and to terminate them permanently.
We support this action due to our conviction that by retaining Britt McHenry as a prominent public figure of Sports Media, ESPN Inc. and other networks effectively send a loud public message condoning this type of cruel behavior. The comments captured in the video represent an unacceptable attitude of hatred for lower-income Americans and individuals whose features do not match traditional beauty standards. Britt McHenry lost her credibility as a professional journalist when she shamelessly broadcasted this hatred both to the victim in the video and to a global audience of thousands who now bear witness to it. Continuing to support Britt McHenry directly threatens not only her potential future victims, but also the integrity of ESPN, the field of American sports media, and journalism as a whole.
ESPN Inc. must now send a strong and clear message to the world that it will never tolerate these attitudes and behaviors by permanently terminating all contracts with Britt McHenry immediately. We urge the leadership of all organizations involved in Britt McHenry's employment (including The Walt Disney Company and the Hearst Corporation) to act expediently to publicly reject Britt McHenry's vitriol for vulnerable Americans in order to maintain high standards of professionalism in sports media.
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