We all know them. We have all had them cross our paths, been their victims. They poison the air around them, make high school a nightmare for many, and never seem to get the comeuppance they truly deserve. Unless in a movie.
Hair flipping, better-than-thou - they cut with their words, give withering glances as they pass, and count on the crowds of lesser thans to part as they cruise through.
We know they are full of shit. We despise them and their french tip manicure and endless pairs of new shoes. We fantasize about them getting taken down a notch. And then...
We do nothing.
We wait it out. We suffer. We hope for the day they turn their Ray Bans in another direction. We wish them warts, split ends, flat tires, a pimple on the end of their perfectly upturned noses.
Then we graduate. We go on to college or out into the real world, and while they are still floating around, their effect is lessened by, if nothing else, the sheer volume of "lesser thans." It is hard to rule the school when the school has 50,000 students who don't live and die by the outfit you wear.
But they are still there among us. Manifesting as the badly behaved, boorish, demanding, glance witherers we encounter as customers, passengers, coworkers.
I give you Exhibit A(sshat) - Britt McHenry, an ESPN correspondent, who thinks her shit doesn't stink. While paying to retrieve her car which had been towed, she decided that a verbal beatdown of the employee assisting her was in order. Why?
Because, silly, the sun obviously rises and falls on her dyed golden locks. This, and her job on TV, give her license to not only berate the woman, but insult, mock, and degrade her. But see for yourself. After all, Britt knew she was being recorded and kept up her rant, so she must be proud of herself.
Precious angel, isn't she?
Let's just take her verbal gems one at a time, shall we?
“I’m in the news, sweetheart.”
Pssst, Britt! I keep up with the news, and yes, even sports, and I have never heard of you.
“I will fucking sue this place.”
For what, Princess Piss? For you being such an idiot that you parked in a tow away zone? Yeah, good luck with your "My-stupidity-is-your-fault" defense.
“That’s why I have a degree and you don’t.”
Not everyone wants to, or can afford to, go to college. STFU. And having a degree does not a decent human being make. Look around.
“I wouldn’t work in a scumbag place like this.”
Of course you wouldn't, Britt. That would involve, you know, actually WORKING. Sorry, but I'm sure many could argue that all you are is a token blonde in a tight dress on what is still a boys' club network.
“Makes my skin crawl even being here.”
Then learn to read and don't park your car where it will be towed.
“Yep, that’s all you care about is just taking people’s money. With no education, no skill set, just wanted to clarify that.”
That's her J-O-B, Britt. Taking the money, and enduring the attitude, from walking pus bags like you who have their car impounded.
“Do you feel good about your job?
She HAS a job. With it she supports herself, and potentially other people. She may not like it, enjoy it, or plan on being in it forever, but she is DOING it.
“So I can be a college dropout and do the same thing?”
Again with the college thing. Sweetheart, do you know how many people are NOT dropouts, but fully degreed in much more demanding programs than you who don't have jobs?
“Why? Because I have a brain? And you don’t?”
Ahhhh, the irony. Sorry, Scarecrow, but you were flat out told you were being recorded, yet still went on your little temper tantrum. The lady kept her calm. I'd say that's a pretty clear indicator of who has a brain.
“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.”
Annnnnd, there it is. The classic mean girl move - make it personal. Find a flaw and attack. Listen up, Regina George, not every person is born with perfect pearly whites. Not every person has parents who could afford braces. Not every person can afford dental care as an adult. Not every person can afford a full set of veneers like you. And putting someone down over it is petty, gross, and ugly.
As for her being in a "fucking trailer"? Wicked Witch, I can only hope one falls on your head one day. That happens to be where she works, Cinderella. It doesn't make her less of a person than you, in fact, it makes her more of one. And finally...
“Lose some weight, baby girl.”
Fat shaming a total stranger. Can't get much more Mean Girl than that. That parting salvo is the cherry on the shit parfait that is Britt McHenry's personality. Uncalled for, demeaning, cruel.
ESPN, weakly responding to the public outing of their golden girl, has suspended her for 1 week.
And of course, like any person with a public persona who gets outed being an asshole, she came forth on her Twitter with an equally weak oopsology:
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.
What will you learn,Britt? Maybe that you should keep your piehole shut when someone helpfully points out you are being filmed? Perhaps that you should be more careful where you park? Or that your act may have worked in high school, but the real world bites back at Mean Girls?
Because I lay money on you not learning what you really need educated in: humility, humanity, grace.
You may be glossy on the outside, but your inside makes you ugly all day. And there is no spray tan, wax job, Zoom whitening, or hair dye that will change that.