An alert FrontBurnervian points out that Uncle Barky’s story about Debbie Denmon suing her employer hasn’t gotten much play. So let’s give it some play. Denmon claims that station management bypassed her for a weekday anchor position because she’s too, er, full figured. Apparently Dale Hansen has been deposed, because, you know, come on! Hansen’s not exactly slim himself.
Listen, people who work in the TV news business know what they’re getting into. Pulchritude is a prerequisite. People are hired based on their looks and how they come across on camera — especially anchors. And, yes, there is a double standard. It’s easier for a man to put on 15 pounds and keep his job than it is for a woman. (Oh, God, how I wish I could read a transcript of Hansen’s deposition.)
Personally, I like Denmon. I think she’s easy to look at and I think she reads a teleprompter well. But if management asked her drop a few, a lawsuit seems the wrong response.