Reflections External

nice boots?

Oh sweet Hannah Storm. What, oh what, have you done?!

If you watch sports on television, chances are you’ve either seen, or know who Hannah Storm is. I remember her from back when there used to be the “NBA on NBC”. The glory days, as I like to call them. There was Ahmad Rashad who always looked like he wasn’t too amused. Peter “sources tell me” Vecsey who always had the big inside scoop. And a
pre-ass biting Marv Albert. Then, there was the good lady Hannah Storm. She held her own in an ocean of  testosterone…she was almost like one of the boys. She always seemed to have a subtle, understated way about her that came across as neither butch nor slutty (which primarily seems to be the two sides of the female-sports broadcasting
coin). Anyway, that was a long time ago. Now she’s an ESPN anchor, and it would seem that her choice of clothing these days has resulted in the suspension of fellow ESPN personality Tony Kornheiser.

Last week, Kornheiser decided to vent about Hannah on his radio show, and express his disapproval of her attire.

“She’s got on red go-go boots and a Catholic-school plaid skirt. Way too short for somebody in her 40s – or maybe early 50s by now. She’s got on her typically very, very tight shirt. She looks like she has sausage casing wrapping around her upper body.”

There’s more, but that quote pretty much gets the point across. I won’t lie, I first laughed at that comment. It was mostly in that “oh snap, did he really say sausage casing?” kind of way. Of course I knew what was to come: an apology, and a suspension. I don’t know, so maybe it’s not that funny, maybe it’s hurtful and cruel. Maybe it’s insulting and attacks a woman’s right to wear what she wants. Maybe. There are obviously many ways to look at this, depending on who’s blog you’re reading. And right now, you’re reading mine. So here’s what I think… Hannah isn’t what I would call a fashionista. I don’t know how old she is — and frankly I don’t give a damn. The underlying issue here is whether people need to chill out and go with the whole freedom of speech thing, or if on-air personalities and others in the spotlight need to be held more accountable for the things they say.

I started thinking about this…and I have to admit that if my every word and action was being documented and aired in the media at all times, I’d either be on indefinite suspension, or I’d be in jail. The freedom that anonymity buys us, is the ability to say and do what we want without having to publicly pay for it. We might offend people along the way, or get the shit kicked out of us for some of the things we say and do, but it’s normally a private matter that no one else
gives a fuck about. But once our lives, beliefs and comments become public — it’s hell hath no fury. On one hand I believe in accountability. On another, it’s a joke, because you know Kornheiser doesn’t actually give a fuck. Just like how Imus’s apology was nothing more than hollow words. Howard Stern has made a wildly successful career off of saying crazy and offensive shit. And none of their careers have ended. It’s just how it is. Matter of fact, some of you
reading this may not have even heard of Tony Kornheiser prior to this blunder. But he just got a little more famous off of this shit, right? Scandals and controversies sell. If Hannah Storm’s wardrobe is SO inappropriate, she would have gotten a memo about it well before this (yes, sex appeal sells too). And if there is no place for such behavior on television/radio and “respect for colleagues is paramount!” (as spokesman Mike Soltys says), then people like
Kornheiser wouldn’t have their own show to begin with. So what does this tell us? That everyone plays their part. Some people get suspended for two weeks, some get a larger fan base, some savvy PR people do their job, and some continue wearing red go-go boots.

But seriously though, red go-go boots? Sorry. I’m just saying.

by : third rail

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~ by livefromheadqcourterz on March 3, 2010.

2 Responses to “Reflections External”

  1. Komheiser is right, she looks like a hot mess! Most of the male reporters have a “dress code” business suit, shirt and tie, women should also be subjected to a dress code as well, and not allowed to wear what the hell they want. She should have gotten a memo and suspended! SMH at her red go-go boots!

  2. If you think thats something, you should get a load of the scandalous outfits worn by the weather girls on local news stations out in Cali…I know the old reliable marketing ploy is “sex sells”…but the weather????

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