White female privilege? Stephen A. Smith’s co-worker attacks him on Twitter, violating company policy
ESPN is apparently arbitrary in enforcing their own rules. You say one thing, you might get suspended, but someone says something worse, then nothing happens. This is the world that Stephen A. Smith and his cronies are operating in.
One of the rules of the organization is that no employee is allowed to publicly speak ill of their co-worker. But this rule wasn’t applied to a white female, Michelle Beadle, who chopped Stephen A up on twitter and felt no consequences for her actions. Referring to Stephen as “irresponsible” and “disgusting,” she was able to attack with impunity, despite the fact that employees are under contract not to do such a thing.
Stephen, on the other hand, was merely doing what he’s paid to do: Give his honest opinion on social issues that get ratings for the network.
Here is some of what Beadle said about Smith on Twitter, in a series of statements:
So I was just forced to watch this morning’s First Take. A) I’ll never feel clean again B) I’m now aware that I can provoke my own beating.
I was in an abusive relationship once. I’m aware that men & women can both be the abuser. To spread a message that we not ‘provoke’ is wrong
Violence isn’t the victim’s issue. It’s the abuser’s. To insinuate otherwise is irresponsible and disgusting. Walk. Away.
No one is really sure what rule Stephen A Smith violated with his rant about domestic violence. He clearly stated, repeatedly, that he doesn’t condone violence. Also, Ken Williams, a 20-year veteran of the Brockton Police Department, says that when he carefully analyzed the law on domestic violence in conjunction with Stephen’s words, he could see nothing wrong with what he said.
But yet, a white female colleague of Stephen’s in clear violation of ESPN policy, was allowed to smear his name on Twitter and insinuate that Stephen is in support of women being abused, when he repeatedly stated on the air that he doesn’t believe in violence against women. The question to ask is whether a black woman ranting about racism from a white man at ESPN would have been allowed to do the same thing?
Yes, this appears to be white female privilege at ESPN. Doesn’t this remind you of the white woman at work who talks to black men like they are dogs and Neanderthals? Most of you probably know this woman on the job, yet when you go off on her in the same way, you’re the one who ends up getting fired.
Maybe their excuse for letting the woman off the hook is that Stephen A “provoked” her into lashing out at him, so she doesn’t deserve to be punished (get it?).
BOSSES, tell us what you think.
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