Outraged by a surveillance video showing ESPN reporter Britt McHenry repeatedly insulting a towing company employee, the public is demanding that a lesson be taught about the virtue of humility, saying the 28-year-old must be viciously shamed and, if that doesn’t work, she must be executed in a degrading fashion.
“My kids watched that video, and I told them that we should treat others with respect, no matter how perfect we think we are,” said Nebraska homemaker Julie Aarsgard. “That’s why that blond bitch should be fired from her job, beaten by a gang of stick-wielding Russian mobsters, and fed to a pack of Rottweilers, preferably on live television, and after 7 p.m. so my husband can watch.”
What’s especially disturbing about McHenry’s conduct, say those who have seen the video of the Virginia tow yard incident that occurred in early April, is that she continues to berate the employee even after being informed about the surveillance camera.
“I honestly don’t think [McHenry] even cared she was being recorded, because that’s how sick she is,” said California science teacher Gary Hammond. “I would never dream of saying such things to a fellow human, especially if I knew my words could be made public.”
“Which is why I’m going to send Britt McHenry hundreds of tweets from an anonymous Twitter account promising to use chemical solvents to do things to her ugly face,” he added. “It’s time for the good human beings of the world to stand up for what’s right.”
Still, some upstanding citizens feel that going after McHenry is not enough.
“Who raises their daughter to act like that?” asked Camille Hoch, a retired waitress from Boston. “If it were up to me, I’d find out her where her parents live, and I’d show up at their door to explain in the most vulgar terms possible that as parents they’ve failed, and that they should have aborted, and if the message still didn’t get through, I’d wait until they fell asleep and set their home on fire.”
Experts from the outrage industry insist that more shaming must be done to combat the virtual epidemic of people acting badly, both in public and in private.
“If we don’t use our free time to harass and bully strangers whose conduct we find distasteful, then what kind of citizens of the 21st century — an era in which we have to assume our every move and utterance is being recorded, and could be used to destroy us and our progeny — are we?” said Brenda Mays, a former software developer from New York who stopped working in 2013 to devote all her time to tweeting. “If we don’t form online lynch mobs to police each other’s behavior, who will?”