The whole “Katherine Webb Thing” is so ludicrous I don’t know where to start. But I do think it’s a pretty compelling window into society’s worst neurosis, the need to find offense and victims and apologies every single time something obviously innocuous happens that violates whatever sensibility those in the media have.
To recap: The BCS title game was incredibly, amazingly boring (probably because the overrated and under-talented team that Alabama went up against). As a result, play-by-play announcer Brent Musberger got distracted by Alabama’s quarterback’s hot beauty queen girlfriend and said, accurately, that she’s an attractive woman.
Dear god, you would’ve thought that she’d been sexually degraded by the backlash: Musberger was called creepy, the feminists did what feminists do*, ESPN apologized, etc. It was, in a word, absurd. Because you know who wasn’t offended by being called attractive on national television in front of tens of millions of people?
Alabama’s quarterback’s hot beauty queen girlfriend.
She said so herself on the Today Show this morning! She’s an aspiring model who participates in beauty queen competitions for fun! You’re telling me that you need to be offended for her? Get a grip and get over yourselves. Musberger committed no offense, there is no victim in this case, and an apology is entirely unwarranted. The Media-Offense Complex is exposed for what it is: a fraud perpetrated to give professional whiners something to whine about.
Maybe we can keep this in mind time around?
*Which is to say, hyperventilate.