How she schooled a sexist troll
Does anyone get called out on their appearance by obnoxious TV viewers as often as the female staff on news broadcasts? Every week, it seems there's another report of some annoying guy writing into a show to complain about a news anchor's outfit or the way she's done her hair.
Over the weekend, Ginger Zee - a meteorologist from ABC Morning News in the US - posted a photo of an all too familiar Facebook message she'd received from some jerk named Brian Rice.
"U are the most ugly weather girl i.v seen on tv don.t smile so much ur ugly," Rice button-mashed into his keyboard, with the urgency of a man on his deathbed writing his will.
Bar a tiny predictive text mishap, Zee's response was masterful:
"Please get it right... In [sic] the ugliest METEOROLOGIST you've seen. Happy Friday!", she wrote.
"I love people. Call me ugly all you want - but don't disrespect me by calling me that other nasty term!," wrote Zee in a blurb accompanying her post. "I studied too hard & chased too many storms to be called that."
Understandably, viewers applauded and inundated Zee with shows of support for her excellent riposte.
"Great comeback! You're beautiful, smart and a great role model for young girls," wrote Susan La Bella.
"My 8 year old daughter and I love you. You brighten our mornings as we get ready for school/work. Thank you for showing my daughter that girls can rock science and be beautiful at the same time," wrote Angela Pinto Ross.
"You are a role model for young future meteorologists! Also... You have the best shoes!" wrote Viki Frienberg.
But some supporters still needed a bit more reminding.
"I just want to say Ginger Zee you are a great weather person for GMA. Keep up the good work," wrote Patrick Hughes, with good intentions but come on.
"She don't like to be called a weather person," responded Jacqueline Berry.
"Yes she'd rather be called a meteorologist, after all that is why she went to college to get a degree," added John Jones.
And slowly but surely, a better world was formed. Nicely done, Ginger Zee.
- Daily Life