Give ’em Hell Hannah!

I must confess, I am a little miffed.  I was channel surfing and I came upon one of those silly tabloid entertainment shows on television and learned about the Hannah Storm “controversy” (and yes, please do read in all possible sarcasm).  The story began like this, “The 48 year old ESPN anchor Hannah Storm…” and then went on to talk about a controversial outfit she wore to a basketball game – a short dress and knee high boots.  Below is the outfit that caused the uproar (see this article for more details on the drama of it all).

Short – perhaps a little; scandalous – hardly; news and uproar worthy – NOT.  I mean seriously have any of the folks breathing heavy over this watched television lately?  There are much bigger concerns to be attended to than Hannah Storm’s dress and boots – for heaven’s sake do these folks realize we have things on television such as the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show where people are actually parading around in underwear and bras on primetime?  Have these folks seen Baywatch, Desperate Housewives, Dancing with the Stars or perhaps more in the wheelhouse of sports fans – cheerleader outfits?

Perhaps this is the first you have heard of Hannah –  I can tell you that I had never heard of her prior to this snippet on the entertainment show.  Truth be told, I am not a big ESPN fan…but now, I am a huge Hannah fan.  She is a very accomplished journalist.  And here is the deal folks, even if she wasn’t – all that and a bag of chips – I would still be standing behind her saying, “Give ’em hell Hannah!”

It is one thing to criticize her outfits (especially outfits that are far from x-rated), but to lead with her age – as if to imply that being 48 makes the outfit even less appropriate – that is ageism.  Also, how often are older men criticized in a like way for wearing outfits that are considered “too young” for them?  Can you say “rarely ever” or “never”?  Ageism, sexism – ugggh!  I want to march right over to ESPN in a short dress and knee high boots and quick some serious butt!

As a woman and member of the new forty who appreciates not only short dresses and boots, but more importantly Hannah’s right to be sexy and confident as she heads into the new forty I am irritated at not only all the hoopla (they even discussed it on The ViewThe View!! – really Barbara…was what she wearing the equivalent of hot pants?!), but by the way it was reported – leading with her age.

Go ahead…keep this up and I will go kick some butt at ESPN, The View and Inside Edition…and just wait until they see my high kick in that short dress – I’ll be sure to make a strategic underwear choice as well to ensure they have something to talk about as clearly they have nothing better to do with their time and energy.

Day four hundred and ninety of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

2 Responses

  1. Cory

    You do realize there is a major difference between this situation and all of the other broadcast outfits you mention? As you linked, Hannah Storm is an accomplished journalist and she should dress as such. It’s not a matter of comparing her to scandalous television shows, it’s a matter of if you think what she is wearing is professional. Most respectable media members know better than to dress provocatively, whether they’re a man or a woman.

    Additionally, I have seen plenty of stories about this and only a select few have mentioned her age. Just because a few people threw her age in there (for whatever reason) doesn’t mean it’s ageism.

  2. Hey Ms. C~

    Doesn’t it seem like the media blows just about everything out of proportion?

    I do wonder, however, why we as viewers have to continue the double standard for men and women. Chris Berman is far from a hunk, yet is the leading person in ESPN viewership. If we had a similarly rated (I can’t believe I am even doing this) for women, I would guess that the housekeeper from 2 and 1/2 men may be the original Berman…

    No, I guess I think Hannah looks pretty nice in that outfit. She has carried her career very far in sports broadcasting as well, as has Chris McKendry and Linda Cohn. I just wish that we could find a way to change how we look at the genders before my own daughter is old enough to be what she wants to be.

    Thanks for the blogs!

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