You’ve probably already heard about ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews. I’d never heard of her before, but I know who she is now.
She’s a Floridian. She’s a sports reporter. She’s attractive. She’s a woman. And because of those horrible trespasses, she’s a victim, not only of a repulsive sexual predator, but of millions of people who are logging on to find the illicit video of her going about her business in her hotel room, where she had every reason to expect privacy, nude. As one often does prior to getting dressed.
After the fucking perv got his own jollies off exploiting her, he posted his pixels to the web for others to ogle (And it’s ogle, not oggle, or oogle. Look it up.*). And ogle they have.
Despite the protests of Andrews and her lawyer, there have been some rumbles that the whole thing is a set-up, a publicity stunt for Andrews. While that is possible, I don’t know how appearing naked standing by an ironing board will help a woman who already has a lucrative career and is a generally acknowledged knock-out.
The coverage I’ve seen on network news has been somewhat respectful–no clips from the video, no lacivious photos of Andrews–but online sources, even for those networks, are (unsurprisingly) less tasteful. Like this WaPo article, entitled “You Know You Want To Watch That Video.” No. No, I don’t. That video is a crime, and watching it compounds the crime. Watching it is almost as bad as filming it, because by watching it, you’re saying “it’s okay to peep on women.” “Women’s bodies are mine for the taking.”
And then there’s this truly infuriating story from ABC (the “family” network, right?): Did Andrews’ Sex Appeal “Encourage” Nude Vid?, about another female sports journalist’s comments that Andrews maybe-sorta-mighta brought it on herself, for “being out there” and, y’know, pretty, thereby “playing to the frat house.”
Same as it ever fucking was. She asked for it. She shouldn’t have X, Y, or Z. Whaddaya expect from athletes? It’s not like anyone actually touched her. She puts forth a sexy image on the job, why would she object to this? What? It’s a compliment that millions of guys wanna see her naked. She’s overreacting. You’re overreacting.
I’m not much of a sports fan, anyway, but this event, to say nothing of the bullshit defenses being thrown up by Andrews’ “fans,” makes me wanna take my ball and go home.
*A language pet peeve.