Entertainment & Sexy Programming Network

February 24, 2010 at 1:11 am (Daily Offerings, Entertainment, News, Sports) (, , , , , )

“Hannah Storm in a horrifying, horrifying outfit today. She’s got on red go-go boots and a catholic school plaid skirt … way too short for somebody in her 40s or maybe early 50s by now.”

“She’s got on her typically very, very tight shirt. She looks like she has sausage casing wrapping around her upper body … I know she’s very good, and I’m not supposed to be critical of ESPN people, so I won’t … but Hannah Storm … come on now! Stop! What are you doing? … She’s what I would call a Holden Caulfield fantasy at this point.”

— ESPN sportscaster Tony Kornheiser on colleague Hannah Storm

Tony Kornheiser lacks a filter and The Scarecrow would deduce that Kornheiser also lacks a brain.

But is the salty half of “PTI” wrong in his comments about ESPN colleague Hannah Storm dressing business/age appropriate?

Furthermore, who defines standards of appropriateness? And does ESPN care or the viewing audience care?

ESPN's Erin Andrews

Two words. Erin. Andrews.

ESPN created hired a monster.

Andrews is by far one of the most talented and knowledgeable sports reporter today. But it was and still is her body at work, rather than her body of work that makes her so marketable.

And it is Andrews marketability that ESPN is trying to tap into with all its female reporters and anchors.

Andrews, Storm, Cindy Brunson, Sage Steele, Rachel Nichols and the others have been showing much more skin as of late (usually the legs). And it appears that ESPN recognizes its 18-45-year-old male demographic by allowing more skin to be shown on its telecasts.

But there are consequences to putting T & A into ESPN. The most recent and hard hitting example is the secret taping of Andrews undressing in a hotel room, which brought national attention to the varying levels of sexual objectification women in sportscasting deal with from colleagues, fans, and transgressors alike.

Hannah Storm in outfit

So Kornheiser’s comments could be taken as a warning of the hidden implications in dressing a certain way. As Dave Chappelle puts it, “You might not be a whore, but you’re wearing a whore’s uniform”.

However, Kornheiser’s comments neither appear as a good intentioned heed nor sexist. They reveal his shallow imaginings and may reflect the shallow outlook of the ESPN decision makers as a whole.

Kornheiser said that what Storm wore was “way too short for somebody in her 40s or early 50s by now.” A clear indication that others at the station that may have the youth to wear harlot wear should do it, according to his quote.

Could Andrews marketability unintentionally force Storm and other (older) women of the network to dress in much more revealing attire?

Competition is the kryptonite of job security. And fresh marketable figures (whether qualified or not) can trump established figures any day. And it could force a network like ESPN to put pressure on its female sportscasters or the female sportscasters may feel to the need to keep up with the Andrews.

But what if Storm enjoys dressing up with “go-go boots” and a “very very tight t-shirt.” And is there anything wrong with that?

By Storm wearing the outfits deemed inappropriate by Kornheiser, she is stating she is not opposed to presenting herself in such wear. And ESPN definitely does not care, because it appears that most of its female sportscasters share the same wardrobe.

Furthermore, the viewers do not seem to mind, as SportsCenter and other ESPN programming featuring female sportscasters, who dress in casual attire, receive high ratings among the 18-45 male demographic, especially from the collegiate sector driven on cold pizza, parties, and 24-hour sports updates.

ESPN reports on its site, somewhere down in the nether regions of unimportant headlines (refer to the Steve Phillips scandal) that they have suspended Kornheiser for two weeks.

According to the network, “Kornheiser’s comments about Hannah Storm were entirely inappropriate.” ESPN goes on to say that Storm is an “integral part of the success of morning SportsCenter.”

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Emmanuel Jal, Blitz the Ambassador & More on The Journalist Tuesday Feb. 9th– 4 PM-6 PM EST

February 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm (Daily Offerings, Entertainment, Exclusive, interview, Live Stream, Music, News, Sports) (, , , )

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Fashawn Donates Clothes to Haiti

January 26, 2010 at 10:50 am (Music, News, video) (, , , )

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Holocaust Survivor Steps Pen Game Up

January 26, 2010 at 9:51 am (Music, News) (, , , )

According to the AP:

Esther Bejarano says music helped keep her alive as a Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz and in the years that followed.

Now, 65 years after the liberation of the Nazi death camp, the 85-year-old has teamed up with a hip-hop band to spread her anti-racism message to German youth.

“It’s a clash of everything: age, culture, style,” Bejarano, a petite lady with an amiable chuckle, told The Associated Press ahead of Auschwitz Liberation Day on Wednesday. “But we all love music and share a common goal: we’re fighting against racism and discrimination.”

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Face-Detection Cameras Are Racist?

January 23, 2010 at 10:58 am (News) (, , , , )

According to TIME:

Nikon isn’t the only big brand whose consumer cameras have displayed an occasional – though clearly unintentional – bias toward Caucasian faces. Face detection, which is one of the latest “intelligent” technologies to trickle down to consumer cameras, is supposed to make photography more convenient. Some cameras with face detection are designed to warn you when someone blinks; others are programmed to automatically take a picture when somebody smiles – a feature that, theoretically, makes the whole problem of timing your shot to catch the brief glimpse of a grin obsolete. Face detection has also found its way into computer webcams, where it can track a person’s face during a video conference or enable face-recognition software to prevent unauthorized access.

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MILEY CYRUS TEACHES JOAQUIN PHOENIX & LIV TYLER

January 22, 2010 at 7:44 pm (Daily Offerings, Entertainment, News, video) (, , , , , , )

The man who walked the line… is back and beardless… with Miley Cyrus?

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Wyclef Jean Press Conference Defends Charity

January 20, 2010 at 4:52 pm (Music, News, video) (, , , , )

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Download to Donate Haiti… Lupe Fiasco, Mike Shinoda, Kenna

January 19, 2010 at 9:09 pm (Mixtape, Music, News) (, , , , )

Download here… Shout outs to all those keepin’ hope alive…

2BZ shout out too…Resurrection- Lupe Fiasco (prod. Mike Shinoda)

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Search for Haiti Quake Survivors Continues

January 13, 2010 at 12:10 am (News) (, , , , , , )

According to CNN:

The magnitude 7.0 quake — the most powerful to hit Haiti in a century — struck shortly before 5 p.m. and was centered about 10 miles (15 kilometers) southwest of Port-au-Prince, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. It could be felt strongly in eastern Cuba, more than 200 miles away, witnesses said.

Click here for more…

Jean: We need 'immediate aid'
We are going to need the United States and the international community to react immediately. This is the worst devastation that we, as Haitian people, have faced.– Wyclef Jean, musician and Haiti native

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Sugar Gliders: The Snuggies of 2010?

January 12, 2010 at 4:22 pm (News, Uncategorized) (, , , , )

What is it with people and furry little creatures?

Did we not learn from Gremlins?

Now that's the stuff that'll get you killed. Lookin' like a problem, my man.

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Mike Tirico to Join The Journalist on WERW

January 11, 2010 at 9:20 pm (News, Sports) (, , , , , , , )

Good Morning, Orange… ESPN sportscaster Mike Tirico will be on The Journalist radio show soon…

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