I know that meteorology is not an easy field to conquer. I took astronomy as an undergrad and I barely survived the course. I don’t even know what I would have had to do to pass any sort of class beyond simple stargazing—that’s about as high in the sky as I have ever cared to look. To actually consider atmospheric science would have crippled me, especially since it has so much more to do with simply looking upward. (Hello: Haiti earthquake.) And given the recent round of global warming and its arguments, it cannot be an easy job.
So I don’t mean to diss on meteorologists with this post. But I am really kinda disgusted at the following two videos I saw when I was surfing online the other night—both appeared on my screen one right after the other:
Like really. Do these idiots think this is funny? Do they really think that women in whatever town they happen to be reporting about the weather in are going to call up the station and take interest in this freak of a man bragging about his “9 inches”?
And the second video is even worse by the mere fact that his female co-worker had to sit there and faux laugh at his offensive joke about “69 sex,” most likely because she was so embarrassed that she wasn’t really sure of what else to do.
Gentlemen, (dare I even call these losers gentleman?) this is not funny. It’s offensive. And frankly, it’s a form of sexual harassment. I am not really sure of why guys think it’s funny to joke about sex with women they don’t know. Yes, I said women they don’t know. Because, you know what? When you are with a group of your friends, that’s one thing. But these two idiots (take a drink every time I call them idiots) are in a very public position, one of responsibility.
And before you start saying that I am a raging feminist—which I am, proudly—I want you to consider this: They owe it to their audience to be professional. Because their audience is your mother. And your sister. Your Aunt. And your grandmother. Do you really think it’s cool and funny that a male newscaster tells your grandmother about his “9 inch”? Yeah, see. Takes on a whole new connotation when you place it into the larger picture. As I said, idiots.
As I was composing this post, I hit up You Tube to see what other idiot meteorologists might be out there. And guess what? There are plenty. But none made me rage more than this guy:
I think what is most disturbing is that this guy’s whole crew sits in the back and laughs with him—some even encourage it. He obviously has an audience in the studio that he is playing to. He jokes in one of the videos that the station manager called him to reprimand him for his behavior. Why wasn’t this guy fired? I did some (very limited, I admit) research on this guy and there is not much out there. He has an IMDb listing and a bio page that he wrote himself for Fox News, Charlotte. Here is my favorite part:
And I don’t like to brag but I have to admit that the ladies love me more here at Fox Charlotte. If you know of an on air talent here at Fox trust me when I say that they all have secret crushes on the ole Mathis.
You know, in an era of Mad Men, I get it. But this bio was last updated in June 2009. Times have changed, idiot. You don’t get to be offensive without someone along the way having something to say about it. There is a place for your humor (like a low-level comedy club under some bridge somewhere) but it is not the local news.
I don’t even know if he is still on the air in Charlotte. But I am almost tempted to take a road trip and find out. So I can visit the studio and say directly to this idiot’s face:
Just stick to the weather. Idiot.