You've no doubt heard about what happened to Erin Andrews last week (if you haven't skip to the bottom, and come back when you're done). I first head about it on twitter, and thought it had to be fake, or somebody trying to pull a fast one. Once I figured out it was indeed EA, and how the video was obtained, I was appalled. A woman (or man) shouldn't have to worry about things like that when in a private setting. I sure as hell think that a hotel room is considered such a place.
As a broadcaster in a male dominated field (sports), I have certainly had my share of sour grapes towards female reporters and anchors who have obviously gotten ahead due to good looks, it's a natural human reaction. At the same time, I understand that it's part of the world. The world's not always fair. Most sports viewers are guys, and guys like pretty girls. I'm over it, I plug away and do my thing. Also at the same time, I understand that a good number of those female sports personalities would have those jobs, even without pretty faces. They're just damn good.
In Andrew's situation, I've never had a problem with her. I think she's damn good. I watch a bunch of games on ESPN, and I've never thought, "good God, Erin Andrews wouldn't have a job if she weren't pretty." She does a really good job of bringing insight, and the fact that it's in a beautiful package is moot. Andrew's and ESPN have fervently gone after websites posting the video, and in a slightly delightful twist, hackers hid malware under the heading "Erin Andrews Video." She has thousands of guys drooling all over her everywhere she goes, and that can't be easy, but I imagine she's used to it by now. I imagine she feels violated, which she should, she was. I hope they find the people that contributed to the video (taking and distributing), and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. To Erin (who I know will never even catch wind of this blog posting): I'm sorry this happened to you. You deserve better. We all do.
*** Last week, videos of a nude Erin Andrews spread over the Internet. She was in a hotel room. The video was obviously taken through a keyhole, peephole, or some other illegal means.***