Journalist Britt McHenry is having a bad week, receiving plenty of backlash after a video surfaced of the Washington D.C.-based reporter berating a woman working for a towing company. Aside from social media outrage, the 28-year-old was also suspended by her employer, ESPN, for one week.
McHenry can be heard in the video repeatedly and mercilessly attacking the employee in what appears to be security footage of the mean girls attack. Among the things she spewed were:
– “I’m in the news, sweetheart.”
– “I will ****ing sue this place.”
– “That’s why I have a degree and you don’t.”
– “I wouldn’t work in a ****bag place like this.”
– “Makes my skin crawl even being here.”
– “Yep, that’s all you care about is just taking people’s money. With no education, no skill set, just wanted to clarify that.”
– “Do you feel good about your job?
– “So I can be a college dropout and do the same thing?”
– “Why? Because I have a brain? And you don’t?”
– “Maybe if I was missing some teeth they would hire me, huh?”
– “‘Cause they [the employee’s teeth] look so stunning … ‘Cause I’m on television and you’re in a fucking trailer, honey.”
– “Lose some weight, baby girl.”
McHenry apologize for her actions via her Twitter account on Thursday writing: “In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and regrettable things. As frustrated as I was, I should always choose to be respectful and take the high road. I am so sorry for my actions and will learn from this mistake.”
ESPN suspended their reporter for a week after the video leaked yesterday.
Though McHenry was the first to very publicly express her feelings for the Arlington towing company, they have also received a steady stream of complaints and negative reviews prior to the reporter unleashing her fury – with just one and half stars on Yelp.