Of Course, Weathermen Are Discriminated Against In Favor Of…Uh, Weatherwomen
Let’s be honest; isn’t this weatherman a hundred percent right about being discriminated against?
A veteran California weatherman is suing CBS broadcasting for sex discrimination, saying the network only wants to hire sexy young women to give the weather reports.
In a suit filed Thursday, award-winning meteorologist Kyle Hunter claims he was passed over for meteorologist jobs at KCBS and KCAL because he was over 40 and a man, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Hunter alleges that in 2010 he was in the running to replace longtime KCBS weatherman Johnny Mountain, but instead the station hired a younger woman, Jackie Johnson, even though Hunter was “far more qualified, and far more experienced.”
He then applied for Johnson’s old job at KCAL, where he claims he was again passed over for a younger beauty “whose age and gender were key considerations in the hiring decision,” Hunter stated in the lawsuit.
Hunter says he received an email from KCAL brass saying there “was not an opening” before the station hired Evelyn Taft, who had been a weather reporter in Florida but was not certified by the American Meteorological Society, according to the suit.
Here’s how it works on TV.
The preference order goes attractive women, attractive men, and then unattractive men/unattractive women.
It works the same way on cable news.
The truth is that they’ll usually take an attractive woman over a man, even if he’s considerably more talented or prestigious. In other words, most of the people who get a shot on cable TV are either hot chicks or Karl Rove. That’s not how it works every time, but that’s how it plays out most of the time. People in business are aware of that and if they’re not in front of an audience, they’re usually happy to admit that’s what goes on.
Is that fair? Well, the answer would be that the only thing they care about on TV is ratings and the fact of the matter is an attractive woman who can string sentences together will get better ratings than a more competent man.
So again, is it fair? By that standard; I’d say absolutely.
Kyle Hunter, on the other hand, is using a different standard of fairness. He says he’s more qualified — and he’s probably right. Unfortunately, like a man suing to be a Hooters waitress, he might be technically right, but he’s in the wrong profession and for him to win, the people hiring him have to lose.