Photo Associated Press: Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (89) is interviewed after an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers by ESPN reporter Britt McHenry, right, in Baltimore on Sept. 11, 2014. ESPN has suspended reporter Britt McHenry after a video surfaced of her insulting a towing company clerk’s intelligence, job and appearance. ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said Thursday, April 16, that McHenry has been suspended for a week.
When a celebrity is caught on camera acting aggressive, we are all shocked and maybe surprised by their behavior. Recently a video of ESPN reporter Britt McHenry caught on surveillance camera was released and people were upset and disgusted by ESPN reporter’s behavior. It is very disturbing to see successful and beautiful young woman treating a tow-truck company employee with so much disrespect and hatred.
It is easy for us to judge someone’s behavior and arrogance. From one side, Britt McHenry’s behavior was horrific and extremely rude. From the other side, we have to be honest and admit that most of us had that moment when we treated someone poorly or we might even demonstrated our ugly side as McHenry.
Why do we do that? Is Britt McHenry just a bad person?
We all have feelings and impulses that are not suitable or appropriate, but we usually don’t act according to those thoughts. Britt McHenry felt more educated and successful than tow-truck worker, but what got her in trouble is saying it at loud in such disrespectful manner. What we are thinking is sometimes different from our behavior, because we have learned social norms and at the end of the day we don’t want to hurt other people’s feelings. Perhaps, many of us would feel the same way as Britt McHenry, but we would not dare to share our thoughts and we would think twice before being aggressive towards someone who is just doing his/her job.
What is the route of aggressive behavior? Most of the time aggressive behavior is routed in frustration. When we are frustrated we will show our aggressive behavior as soon as we get a chance. All we need is a situation that will trigger aggressive behavior and we will snap on someone who is totally innocent.
Also, we often compare ourselves with others. Some people are more successful and we feel bad about that or maybe they are less fortunate and we feel good about ourselves. Britt McHenry verbally attacked worker of tow-truck company and she felt superior in that argument. She obviously believes that she is more successful, more beautiful and more intelligent than the lady from the other side. She digs deep to find how she can offend the other person to feel even more powerful and to unleash her frustrations.
You wouldn’t feel comfortable if you saw your child’s teacher acting like McHenry. You would react and you would have a right to feel concerned and disturbed. We cannot approve this type of behavior, simply because it’s wrong, we can only try to understand why people act like that.
It’s easy to judge and we should remind ourselves that in the right set of circumstances we might act the same.