If you have a hard time being convinced there's a double standard for women working in sports, feast your eyes on this lovely tweet a Philly sports talk radio host published about NBC's Michelle Beadle. Not only is it mean-spirited, it's not even based in reality.
Mike Missanelli at 97.5 The Fanatic wondered aloud about "the lbs round Michelle Beadle's middle" while Beadle was a part of NBC's NFL kickoff coverage. You think any sports personality is tweeting that about Dan Patrick or Al Michaels? I think not. Beadle caught word of the tweet and sent this in response:
Work harder, bro. and yeah, had to google you. RT @MikeMiss975: Is it out of line to point out the lbs 'round michelle beadle's middle?
— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) September 6, 2013
If you have to ask the question whether it's out of line… it probably is. I know you'll be shocked to hear this, but this isn't Missanelli's first jackwad encounter with a famous female sports personality. Earlier this year he basically accosted Erin Andrews over her All-Star Game dress choice. Beadle's response actually digs at Missanelli's Twitter bio which says, I kid you not, "The #Outright leader in Philadelphia sports talk! Never heard of me? GoogleMe." Why would you have a hashtag for "outright"?
Missanelli later apologized, likely only after his mentions were filled with righteous anger. Once again I ask this question – what is it about the specific medium of sports talk radio that produces so much buffoonery? Tweets about joking death upon people, making fun of folks with ALS, offensive rants, Dan Sileo… all of these things have one thing in common: sports talk radio. It's bad enough to pollute local airwaves with nonsense like this, now with social media the whole world gets to hear it.