Erin Andrews has caught some serious flack from many different directions after the announcement that she will be taking over Pam Oliver’s spot on the sidelines with Fox Sports.
The move proved to be a controversial one, opening those in charge of the switch to widespread speculation.
In a scathing blog post, Jeff Pearlman wrote of Pam Oliver,
“…she [Oliver] also has never, ever, ever used the medium to turn herself into a nonsense-endorsing celebrity spokesperson for dietary supplements and the like. In pro athlete translation, Erin Andrews would be, oh, Mark Sanchez; Pam Oliver is Peyton Manning.”
He continued of the Erin Andrews switch, “However, Pam Oliver is also 53. And African-American. She isn’t white and blonde and perky. These days, that’s what sideline reporters almost always are—blonde and perky. They’re eye candy for the neanderthals who need eye candy.”
— Kavitha A. Davidson (@kavithadavidson) July 14, 2014
This seems to be the general feeling on the Erin Andrews and Pam Oliver Switch. However, criticism of Andrews came to a climax with WEEI’s Kirk Minihane’s comments. They went like this:
“I hate her! What a gutless b!*ch! Go away. Drop dead. I mean, seriously what the hell is wrong with her? First of all, follow-up. Second of all, the guy admitted he did it. He admitted he told reporters he threw a couple of pipe bombs. How is that social media’s fault? I hate her. Don’t you love social media? Yeah…social media is — shut up. shut up. i’m sure she’s a nice person, but she’s…she’s probably a b!*ch. I hate her.”
@deecee1220 total travesty that Pam Oliver is out at Fox and Erin Andrews is in. I'm sorry but Erin is out of her league- no pun intended.
— MeandMyLittleBA (@MeandMyLittleBA) July 26, 2014
Now, Fox is pulling all advertising from WEEI and its parent company Entercom because Fox execs weren’t impressed with Minihane’s so-called apology to Erin Andrews.
This serious blow will effect over 100 radio stations, but it did finally generate a response from the hereto silent Entercom.
“Kirk Minihane’s statements regarding Erin Andrews were offensive and deplorable,” they said. “It is clear by the response from our listeners, advertisers, and employees that Kirk’s efforts to apologize and make this right have been insufficient and ambiguous. We want to make it unequivocally clear that his comments were unacceptable and do not reflect Entercom’s values and standards.”
What do you think? Better late than never or too little too late?
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