Women In Arkansas Media Speak Up With #MoreThanABabe
This Thursday women in Arkansas's media world launched the #morethanababe hashtag in response to a local radio show's Babe Bracket that ranks TV journalists based on looks. Governor Asa Hutchinson previously went on program and said "everybody enjoys it” but has since released a statement saying he was not defending the gimmick.
Multiple women in the media have tweeted this morning objecting to KABZ 103.7, The Buzz’s Babe Bracket. A range of journalists and anchors from local television stations THV and KARK, and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette are participating. Several women in major media markets across the nation have already taken notice of this objectification of women taking place in Arkansas.
THV's Winnie Wright was in last year's bracket. Buzz jocks RJ Hawk, David Bazzel, and Roger Scott put people in the radio gag; contestants do not enter themselves. The Buzz does not list any women on-air hosts in its Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-7 p.m. lineup.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette staff were among the more active participants on Twitter.
When I questioned a public official about city business last year they expressed that they wanted me to kill the story and *joked,* “I thought you were my girlfriend.” No matter that I’m married and was 7-months pregnant at the time. #morethanababe https://t.co/yQxU8KLXfl— Chelsea Boozer🚰💧🤓 (@ChelseaBoozer) February 15, 2018
I graduated with distinction and have a BS in atmospheric science. I’m a meteorologist. I’ve worked on research projects for NASA and Duke. I go to schools and teach kids about math, science, and weather. I want to inspire future women in STEM, and that’s why I’m #MoreThanABabe— Kelly Dobeck (@KellyDWeather) February 15, 2018
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