Kacey Montoya is an accomplished, Emmy Award-winning reporter who works at KTLA. You remember KTLA, right? It’s the station that came under fire a few months ago after a female forecaster was made to cover herself with a sweater on-air. People around the country sounded off on how sexist they perceived that little stunt to be.
Radio host Matt Alan posted the following bit of rambling text to his Facebook two days ago:
Ignoring the persistent mental image of what any ninth-grade English teacher worth their Staples Rewards account would do to that with a red pen if given the opportunity, it’s worth really considering what this guy just said. He watched a female anchor on television and the takeaway that compelled him to start clack-clack-clacking at his computer was her underwear. Not only was he moved to post a Facebook status by what she might be wearing under her “gorgeous white lace dress,” but he was inspired to host an entire discussion on it during his radio show.
Any professional woman in the public eye would be disgusted by this. Montoya, though, had more than one reason to be upset: During the broadcast in question, she wasn’t even wearing what he described. The radio host painted a very detailed picture of her outfit, let his followers imagine her dressed that way, and never remembered to clue them into the fact that he was just typing out some elaborate fantasy that never happened. His friends imagined Montoya in a black thong. All she had done was her job. Bravely, she responded:
A request to be left out of talk of black thongs by a professional woman seems perfectly reasonable, but for some reason, Alan chose to throw out a defense instead of an apology.
Yeah. You read that right. Matt Alan, wordsmith that he obviously is, painted a mental image of a reporter in her underwear in an attempt to get people to tune into his radio show, then told her to “chill out” when she responded and asked him not to talk about her anymore. He admitted that he knew she wasn’t wearing a visible thong, said something weird and seemingly unrelated about the cut of her dress, and told her to “attempt to festoon upon [her] face a sense of humor.” Beyond the fact that he types with the unwarranted aplomb of a kid who only made it halfway through his stack of SAT vocab flashcards but whose friends never took theirs out of the package, the dude is obviously a real class act! (A visit to his show’s website reveals that his whole schtick is that he’s unpredictable and says oh-so-shocking things. So cutting-edge!)
It’s sad that Alan needs to sell his show with flat-out lies about a professional woman and her appearance, but it makes sense. I tried to check out the show’s app on iTunes, but it didn’t have enough ratings to display an average yet. One of the commenters on the original post, at least, understood how important sensationalism is for a
podcast show like Alan’s, posting, “Kacey Montoya this is the best exposure you will ever get EMBRACE IT.”
If looking like a sexist pig with a desperation for attention and listeners is the best exposure a person can get, maybe it’s time to rethink that marketing strategy. Shock jocks are blasé; conscientious content counts.
Maybe the best part of this whole crash-and-burn display of his is that comments from people outside of his immediate Facebook network are now disabled. It would appear that they weren’t initially, as Montoya was able to comment, meaning he seemingly privatized the post. Either he privatized it after Montoya commented or he had her tagged in the original post and removed her tag. Regardless, I can’t comment on it now, so she likely can’t either. This just leaves his friends to chirp away about Montoya to their hearts’ content. Her only chance at self-defense would be to get a friend request accepted by him. If it’s been privatized and she’s unable to comment on the post now, go ahead and look at this comment from Alan and laugh at the man who just told a public figure to stop talking herself so seriously:
Do you think Matt Alan has considered chilling out? Has he considered, uh, festooning upon his face a sense of humor? Above all else, has he ever been told how pretentious the word “shan’t” sounds when used outside of the Renaissance Faire?
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