Whether you’ve read the comments on a celebrity’s Instagram feed, or the ones at the bottom of online stories, you know it can get pretty bad. But whatever you’ve seen, know this: female sports journalists get it a trillion times worse. They’re targeted daily with disgusting comments ranging from threats of rape and abuse to being called horrible names, simply because they’re doing their job.
The Internet offers a wide range of chickensh*ts who like to hide behind their keyboards and direct their ridiculous rage through Twitter replies and mentions so their comments are typically only seen by the women themselves. So Just Not Sports has created a video to bring this extreme bullying to light.
The video, titled #MoreThanMean, features two sportswriters, Sarah Spain and Julie DiCaro, sitting opposite different men as the guys read, out loud, mean tweets about the ladies. It starts off kind of light, almost funny. But then it takes a turn to the land of a-holes and pretty soon, the smiles are wiped off everyone’s faces.
The men start to realize the comments about Spain and DiCaro aren’t just mean. Rather, they’re as gleefully violent, deplorable and hateful as a villain in a Quentin Tarantino movie.
Ranging from “Hopefully this skank Julie DiCaro is Bill Cosby’s next victim” to “I hope you get raped again” to rape survivor DiCaro, the harassment and threats these women are constantly bombarded with is maddening, flabbergasting even.
The video is tough to watch, and not just because of the rage you’ll feel about these gutless douche-trolls. Your heart will break for Spain and DiCaro, who regularly endure these kinds of comments, and you’ll be struck by how hard it is for the men to say the words they’ve been told to read out loud.
Obviously, none of the guys in the video are the people who actually wrote the tweets. And, boy, you can tell. The long pauses, the seat-squirming, the stricken looks on their faces as they read whatever tweets are in front of them, first, to themselves, then seeing them silently pleading with producers, then eventually asking straight-up if they actually have to read them all. And what’s even sadder are the apologies they issue to Spain and DiCaro afterwards, on behalf of these dirtbags. The video will bring out feelings you didn’t know you had.