“You could talk about their fannies”: Mike Hammond on WSFM
One thing that has come out of the #metoo campaign has been a long overdue calling out of sexual harassment, bullying and intimidation.
And quite rightly, too. It shouldn’t be and mustn’t be tolerated in any work environment. Or at home. Or in social settings.
Just as insidious is ‘casual’ sexism. A throwaway comment that’s dismissed as just ‘banter’ that’s not to be taken ‘seriously’. It’s usually followed up with ‘you’re just being too sensitive’.
But out of #metoo has been a line drawn in the sand and it’s a line that everyone should be aware of. Perhaps, some old dogs can’t be taught new tricks.
Newly installed WSFM morning announcer Mike Hammond came out of a ZZ Top song with a cringe-worthy rave on Thursday, albeit lyric-inspired, but tired and out of place on any radio station, perhaps, especially, on a female-skewing station.
“Back to a time that was a lot less PC, you could say things about girls. You could look at their bodies. You could ogle them. You could talk about their fannies, which of course in America means their bottoms”.
Have a listen. Then have another listen. You be the judge.