There was a little dust-up this week over a radio station promotional contest. The contest is called the “Babe Bracket.” It was noticed by the Leftists, who used all the stereotypical feminist language to portray the radio station, the radio program, and the program on-air personalities and hosts, all as misogynists who are advancing the “war on women.”
I heard about it because the station is just down the road in Little Rock. The whole thing is, of course, a “tempest in a teapot.” I sort of thought it was amusing. Yes, the Babe Bracket is in bad taste, and it is simply intended to give the radio talkers opportunities for humor of questionable value. Now the Republican Governor of Arkansas is getting slammed by the usual Leftists because he brushed off the objections as “political correctness.”
Here is an excerpt from the Little Rock newspaper account:
… Winnie Wright, a reporter at KTHV, said her station’s management asked her and her colleagues to not speak publicly about the contest, but after Arkansas’ governor told the radio station that “everybody enjoys” the contest, Wright took to Twitter and quickly had a following.
Wright used the hashtag “#morethanababe” on Thursday. Soon after, female journalists from other TV markets weighed in with their support. Some also shared their own stories.
“On a daily basis, while I’m working to bring important stories to the people of Arkansas, I am cat-called, have obscenities yelled at me from cars, have men comment on my appearance in a professional setting, and worse. But I am #morethanababe,” Wright wrote Thursday in a series of tweets that included a list of her professional accomplishments.
By the end of the day, Marie Claire magazine, the Radio Television Digital News Association and female journalists from markets ranging from New York and Chicago to Macon and Mobile had weighed in.
A lingerie shop sponsors the “Babe Bracket,” carried on KABZ after originating at another Little Rock station in 1997. Promotional material features a silhouette of a scantily clad woman behind a tournament bracket that includes photos of the reporters and anchorwomen.
“We’re more than what you see on TV,” Moller said.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson went on KABZ last week and told the show’s hosts, “Y’all have some fun and everybody enjoys it.” The governor also said the contest was done in “good spirit” and that people shouldn’t be “too politically correct.” He later issued a statement saying he wasn’t endorsing the game.
“All women should be treated with respect, and any measurement of workplace success should be based upon talent and performance,” Hutchinson said in the statement.
Radio host David Bazzel has said the station intends to continue the contest next month.
“We agree they all are certainly more than babes … that’s just not broadcasters, that’s female school teachers, principals, first responders and law enforcement,” Bazzel said Thursday. …
So, take a look at the slate of babes from last year’s competition. These ladies all hold jobs that Rush Limbaugh dubbed as “info-babes” about 25 years ago. I think it is undeniable that an appearance that can be described as “sex appeal” is part of the job description.
My question is, what does the Left want? Do they want an end to television stations and networks hiring attractive women? Do the feminists really want a “qualifications-based selection” to be enforced? It seems to me that the result would be fewer jobs in media for women.
My conclusion is that they don’t care about the women, nor do they care about women in general. The Left is simply opportunistically seizing this issue as a way to bash men, bash conservatives, and bash a Republican.
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