Viral Men Read Brutally Mean Tweets to Female Sportswriters in New PSA
Two female sports journalists sat down to hear some shockingly mean tweets that were directed at them.
The powerful PSA video, featuring sports journalists Julie DiCaro and Sarah Spain, was produced by the website Just Not Sports, whose goal was to show that some social media messages are actually harassment.
They encouraged people to share the video with the hashtag #MoreThanMean.
DiCaro, a Chicago radio reporter, and Spain, an ESPN writer, had seen the tweets ahead of time. But they were read by random men, who did not know just how brutal some of the messages were.
One guy was clearly appalled at what he was about to say, hesitating and looking off-camera for reassurance from a producer, who said, "Just read the tweets, man."
"I hope your boyfriend beats you," read one tweet.
"I hope you get raped again," read another.
On "Outnumbered" today, Kennedy said that these female sportswriters should not be surprised by the vitriol they receive online.
"We all get some pretty harsh stuff," Kennedy said. "And sometimes, yeah, women do get a disproportionate amount of hatred and misogyny that can be particularly cutting."
She said the experiment was "courageous and interesting," but the fact is that bullying doesn't fall within racial, cultural or sexual boundaries.
Meghan McCain agreed that anonymous online harassment comes with the territory of being a media personality, but it's something she and many other women struggle coming to terms with.
Harris Faulkner pointed out that there is a difference between a person exercising free speech online and actually issuing a threat.
"Harassment is not protected speech, as I understand it."
Watch the "Outnumbered co-hosts react above, and see the viral video below.