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Tell FOX 5 San Diego to Reprimand Sports Anchor Ross Shimabuku for Calling Danica Patrick a Bitch


On February 20, 2012 FOX 5 San Diego local Sports Anchor Ross Shimabuku in a story about NASCAR driver Danica Patrick’s Sprint Cup debut called her the “b-word” on air.

Transcript

Ross Shimabuku: Alright Danica Patrick is such a pretty girl and she makes a lot of money in sponsorships because of it. What’s not attractive is that she’s sexy and she knows it.

Tape: (Danica Patrick speaking) I don’t quite understand why when you’re referring to a girl, a female athlete in particular, that you have to use the word ‘sexy.’ Isn't there any other word that you can use to describe me?

Ross: Oh I got a few words. Starts with a ‘b’ and it’s not ‘beautiful.’

You can view the clip here, which contains other observations from Ross Shimabuku that Patrick complains too much about sexism.

It is utterly unacceptable for a Sports Anchor to call a female athlete a bitch. No public broadcaster should refer to ANY woman as a bitch, let alone a female athlete who was making an observation about the sexism she’s experienced at the hands of the media!

KSWB Fox 5 San Diego needs to publicly reprimand Sport Anchor Ross Shimabuku and apologize to both Danica Patrick and all of their women viewers for broadcasting the sexist slur. KSWB Fox 5 when you put down one woman with the epitaph of “bitch” you are putting all women down. Sexism, just like racism, is utterly unacceptable as a broadcast standard and FOX 5 San Diego needs to make this clear to their audience they do not stand by Shimabuku’s slur.

Letter to
News Director Rich Goldner
Fox 5 San Diego FOX 5 San Diego
I just signed the following petition addressed to: FOX 5 San Diego.

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Dear Fox 5 San Diego News Director Rich Goldner,

On February 20 during the 6 pm news broadcast, your sports anchor, Ross Shimabuku, called NASCAR driver Danica Patrick the “b-word” on air.

Transcript

Ross Shimabuku: Alright Danica Patrick is such a pretty girl and she makes a lot of money in sponsorships because of it. What’s not attractive is that she’s sexy and she knows it.

Tape: (Danica Patrick speaking) I don’t quite understand why when you’re referring to a girl, a female athlete in particular, that you have to use the word ‘sexy.’ Isn't there any other word that you can use to describe me?

Ross: Oh I got a few words. Starts with a ‘b’ and it’s not ‘beautiful.’

There is little doubt that Shimabuku meant b for bitch. (Context is key, the rest of the segment was Shimabuku disrespecting Patrick for complaining about sexist treatment at the hands of the media). It is utterly unacceptable for a Sports Anchor to call a female athlete a bitch. No public broadcaster should refer to ANY woman as a bitch, let alone a female athlete who was making an observation about the sexism she’s experienced at the hands of the media!

KSWB Fox 5 San Diego needs to publicly reprimand Sport Anchor Ross Shimabuku and apologize to both Danica Patrick and all of their women viewers for broadcasting the sexist slur. When you put done one woman with the epitaph of “bitch” you are putting all women down. Sexism, just like racism, is utterly unacceptable as a broadcast standard and FOX 5 San Diego needs to make this clear to their audience they do not stand by Shimabuku’s slur.
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Sincerely,