A weekend news anchor and TV reporter in Portland, Oregon, doubles her preference for high-waisted pants after a male viewer told her to dress like a normal woman & # 39; in a message to her Facebook work account.
Maggie Vespa, who works at the NBC branch of Portland KGW TV, placed photos of herself with another pair of highly tailored pants on five separate news casts during the weekend because she wanted to draw attention to the pressure that women who work in public interest face daily.
Vespa, a nine-year-old veteran of broadcast journalism, also commented on comments on Sunday's late-night news with the support of her managers.
In one of them, he said she looked ridiculous in pants that run & # 39; halfway through your upper body & # 39 ;.
Portland & # 39; s KGW-TV news anchor Maggie Vespa commented on a male viewer who told her: & # 39; Change your wardrobe & # 39; in Facebook messages
Viewer Jeffrey said that Vespa & # 39; in the first message & # 39; was too good to look that stupid & # 39;
She answered him and said that she would not change her clothing, which would cause the viewer to write back while she was live in the broadcast on Friday
Vespa said she received two messages from the viewer before blocking him.
She refused to identify the person by name, and a video segment that accompanied her on-air commentary also closed the name.
& # 39; Please change your wardrobe. You are too good to look so foolish, & the viewer wrote Thursday.
She answered him and said that she would not change her clothing, which encouraged the viewer to write back while she was live in the broadcast on Friday.
In that message he wrote: & # 39; OMG you looked really uncomfortable (sic) this evening. Try to dress like a normal woman. Does KGW not pay you enough for a makeover of your wardrobe? & # 39;
Vespa shared with viewers, assuming that Jeffrey was annoyed with her highly tailored pants, which she bought and liked, and then the whole thing & # 39; stupid & # 39; called.
She explained that after they posted it on social media, hundreds of her followers were fuming about the messages, adding that it really touched & # 39;
Vespa pointed to the double standard that women like & # 39; less credible & # 39; are considered if they do not adhere to the typical standards of attractiveness, something that men do not have to deal with.
Vespa wore another pair of highly tailored trousers on five separate news casts last week and spoke to it on Sunday's broadcast
Vespa said she was wearing a pair of white (left) pants with a black blazer to draw attention to how they were fitted high. She combined the same top with a red pair (on the right) on another day
Her male colleagues were shocked, she said, but this type of incident is not new to women working on TV. She said his male colleague & # 39; s confirmed her statement and to return to Jeffrey she wore many high waisted pants in the air the next day.
Vespa added to women in the audience: & Dress as you want … and if someone tries to make you feel less than that, that's a problem, not yours. In other words, there is no way for a normal woman to look or be.
& # 39; If I had heard of a Jeffrey ten years ago, I should have remembered that. Now I feel comfortable letting him roll off my back while wearing my high waist pants. & # 39;
News director Greg Retsinas said: & # 39; Our on-air people hear it all, the good, the bad and the mean, and they take it all. And sometimes it deserves a good refutation. Maggie Vespa came up with a thoughtful comment for many in our industry. She stayed on the main road, but she said what to say & # 39 ;.
Some support also came from her colleagues, Simone, Devon Haskins, Matt Zaffino and Cathy Marshall.
Reporter Katherine Cook posted a picture of herself in high waist red pants and responded on Twitter: – Guy, I wore my HW & # 39; s only for you and you are MIA! Thank you for dropping the microphone for all of us. & # 39;
Vespa added about the tweeting of the show's executive producer about the attention the story received: & # 39; TFW your boss who & # 39; YAAAAS & # 39; has responded to your pitch of shutting down sexist garbage on live TV applauds even louder the next day. & # 39;
Conservative provocative talk radio presenter Lars Larson also showed his support on Twitter.
Reporter Katherine Cook (left) posted a picture of himself in red high-waisted pants to show support. Simone Del Rosario also wore high waist pants (right)
Some support also came from colleagues & # 39; s Devon Haskins, Matt Zaffino and Cathy Marshall
Conservative provocative talk radio presenter Lars Larson also showed his support on Twitter
Vespa – who covers the homelessness crisis of Portland for KGW and works as the station's weekend news anchor – explained that comments like Jeffrey no longer affect her, but there was another reason why she spoke out.
& # 39; I am a pretty safe person, but 10 years ago this would have confused me, & # 39; said Vespa. & # 39; I would probably have stopped wearing what that guy criticized and would have gone there with my tiny salary and tried to buy some more clothes and tried to adjust.
& # 39; I remember that time, and I just thought that if someone starts and gets these kind of comments, I do it for what it is, it might make it easier for them. & # 39;
The news anchor hit back in a response to social media on Wednesday: & # 39; This is all so crazy and I am so overwhelmed in the best way. Delighted that people are digging our message: there is no way a & # 39; normal woman & # 39; can look / be. Period. & # 39;
Vespa said she shared the comments with her mother, who also worked as a news anchor in Peoria, Illinois.
& # 39; She talked about getting awful, toxic comments from people and incredibly sexist things that turned this into comparison, & # 39; said Vespa. & # 39; So I just thought: & # 39; Let's say something. & # 39; & # 39;
Vespa was enthusiastic about the show's executive producer who approved the segment on Sunday
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