I must admit I’ve never heard of ESPN reporter Britt McHenry. But after watching this video, I think ESPN should fire her.
Earlier this month, McHenry had her vehicle towed. Sure that’s liable to make anyone mad. But McHenry is one nasty piece of work. Despite being warned that she was on videotape, McHenry berated an unnamed female parking lot attendant making demeaning comments about her education and physical appearance such as “I’m on television and you’re in a f#*king trailer, honey,” and “Lose some weight, baby girl.”
McHenry has since apologized, but the only thing she’s sorry about is that she got caught. The apology is mealy-mouthed and at no point does she actually apologize to the person to whom she directed her vitriol.
I realize this occurred while McHenry was away from work and that she did not break the law. Again, being upset is one thing, but McHenry was positively beaming when she made those comments. If I were an executive at ESPN, I would not want Britt McHenry representing the company.
The fact that Britt McHenry is on TV seems to have gone to her head. She believes that makes her better than anyone who isn’t. McHenry claims she will learn from her mistake. The best way for that to happen is for ESPN to give McHenry a taste of humble pie and terminate her employment immediately.
UPDATE:ESPN has suspended McHenry for one week effective immediately. It’s a slap on the wrist. There are no consequences for her behavior and, if anything, she’ll probably be rewarded for it with commercial endorsements and talk show invites.