Thank God we’re not all back in high school again.
Britt McHenry, an ESPN reporter based in Washington, reminded me of that blessing this past week when she was caught on video berating a woman whose company had towed McHenry’s car.
“I’m on television, and you’re in a f---ing trailer, honey,” McHenry said in the tirade, released online Thursday. “That’s all you care about is just taking people’s money,” she added. “With no education, no skill set. Just wanted to clarify that.”
She went on to blast the woman’s alleged lack of teeth and advised her to “lose some weight, baby girl.”
So, yeah — that pretty much hits every note on the “Do you know who I am?” scale. Insisting that “fame” (or at least being on TV) makes you better? Check. Using higher education as a cudgel? Check. Citing looks to suggest some sort of moral superiority? Check.
The idea of McHenry as a “Mean Girl” — attractive, entitled, arrogant and awful — fits so perfectly that it’s amazing she wasn’t self-aware enough not to say some of what she said, even if she really believed it. There are some thoughts that are always better left unsaid, and “I’m in the news, sweetheart, I will f---ing sue this place,” is one of them.
That’s not a lesson McHenry apparently learned in her life, which, by her own reckoning, has been characterized by being beautiful and awesome all the time. (The outburst did earn her a one-week suspension from ESPN.)
Britt McHenry, for forgetting that high school only lasts four years and then you’re supposed to grow up, you had the worst week in Washington. Congrats, or something.
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