Speaking out like this took guts
We live in a culture where it’s easy to profit off of putting others down, where gossip and scandal can quickly snowball and escalate into outright lies. There will always be those who capitalize off of the rumor mill, and it seems that there are few people willing to speak out against it.
That changed when Australian news anchor Karl Stefanovic took to the Australian news show Today to set the record straight about a slur that had been made about his coworker. Through his severity and blatant disapproval of the site, he made his stance perfectly clear.
When Australian news anchor Karl Stefanovic began his segment on the show Today, it was very clear that what he was going to speak about was weighing on his mind a great deal. He began to speak out about the way that people in the public eye, specifically women, are often criticized about their appearances, decisions, and personal choices by critical media sources.
He started out, saying, “What would you say if I were to judge you for what you’re wearing this morning? How would you feel if I criticized your hair? Or mocked your makeup, or shamed you for not wearing any? I want to take a couple of minutes right now to call out an organization which trades in these kind of insults.”
Called By Name
He went on to add details specifically about the news organization that had wronged him. Stefanovic said, “It’s a news website which seeks to profit from criticising and publicly humiliaiting people, women especially.”
The website, according to Stefanovic, shames women for their apperances, clothing, weight, and actions, saying it has a “despicable track record of denigrating women.” He points out that the site had used himself and his coworkers as clickbait, and they “suck it up” because they have public profiles and there is bound to be interest in them.
He goes on to say that the actions of the website went too far, and that led him to calling them out by name.
“Slurs on Friends, on Colleagues”
Stefanovic says that although he can abide lies about himself, he can’t accept “lies about others; slurs on friends, on colleagues.” He shares the article in reference from the website he is condoning (The Daily Mail); the headline reads: “Karl Stefanovic checks into humble caravan park with a Channel Nine colleague and 12 cans of pre-mixed rum, but girlfriend is nowhere to be seen.”
He points out, “The inference: I’m a drunk,” but that’s not what bothered him.
He says, “The real hurt here, though, is for my colleague, a young, female, colleague. The sleazy suggestion we’re ‘checking in somewhere’ and that I’m, quote, ‘settling in for a long night.'”