If you watched Fox News or The O’Reilly Factor Monday night, or if you have gone onto Total Frat Move’s website recently, you more than likely saw my face.
I was interviewed last week by Jesse Watters, a reporter for Fox News, for his segment Watters World, which airs during Bill O’Reilly’s show. At first, I had no clue who Watters was but as the interview went on, I could tell he was trying to trip me up. He skirted around the actual issues that Mizzou had been facing in recent weeks. He focused on what had been misconstrued by national media and tried to get me to get lost in his long, overly-worded questions and say something stupid. I also noticed that his cameraman had placed me facing the sun although, take two steps back and I would be shaded by a tree.
I walked away knowing I hadn’t said anything wrong, yet regretting going through with the interview. You see, I was worried he would edit my responses or take me completely out of context. I was not only worried for my own reputation but my reputation as an aspiring journalist.
When the show aired this past Monday night, friends of mine began texting me to let me know they had just seen me on national television. My first reaction was, “Did he make me look stupid?” To which my friend replied, “They had you looking confused. You didn’t respond.” *hence the whole looking into the sun tactic.
At first, I was relieved. Watters hadn’t taken anything I’d said and pulled it out of context, I hadn’t said anything wrong and I wasn’t misinformed. They showed me once. I gave Watters nothing substantial to work with. I returned home and watched the clip of myself and then tweeted what’s shown below.
I felt a small victory.
This morning, my interview clip had become the thumbnail on TotalFratMove.com. This site made the video go viral and I had friends from all over texting me to tell me I was famous. More people seemed to have seen the video from this website than on national television.
Here’s what I found interesting:
Although the 5-minute, 12-second clip showed me for a total of 10 seconds, TFM chose to use a screenshot from my interview as the thumbnail for the article.
The attractive white girl or, more commonly referred to as “Nike sweatshirt.”
Comment sections are a dangerous territory and it’s where I found degrading comments about my appearance and how attractive I am. And while some girls would be proud to turn guys on wearing an ex-boyfriend’s sweatshirt and no make-up, I found it a little concerning that the majority of comments on the video revolved around my 10 seconds of fame.
And all I had to say was, “…yeah?”
Forget about the rest of the 15-minute interview where I had an answer for every one of Watters’s questions.
But Watters couldn’t air any of that because the whole point of him coming to our campus was to ensure that the rest of the United States would think my beloved University was overrun by pissed off college students who didn’t really know what they were talking about.
He didn’t air those parts of my interview because our society does not only suffer from racism but sexism. Where intelligent women are hardly shown on air, even though some will spend 15 minutes of their day trying to prove a “tall, athletic, smart and rich” white man that they have a voice and actual thoughts that run through their pretty brains.
I don’t know what kinds of answers the other students gave that didn’t make it onto the nightly news. I don’t know how many intelligent things Watters and his crew cut out, but I do know this:
The attractive white girl in the Nike sweatshirt is intelligent and well-spoken.
That’s who I am.
Can you imagine what the comments section would read if the viewers knew that?