Another day, another woman unable to do her job in peace without a man being gross.
ESPN reporter Maria Taylor was reporting from the sidelines of Monday night's Steelers/Giants game. Taylor's broadcast was uneventful since, ya know, she's a professional.
Overall, there was nothing really unusual going on here aside from a female sideline reporter of color making some career moves. This was Maria's first time reporting from the NFL sidelines.
She has been sideline reporting for a long time and has covered other professional sports, but Monday was her first time reporting for the NFL and we should be able to just write an article about what an accomplishment that is.
It is a career moment worth noting for her.
Tonight, @MariaTaylor adds #NFL to a career resume that already includes #NBA, college football, men's and women's… https://t.co/7kw6FipB1R— bill hofheimer (@bill hofheimer) 1600131470.0
However, that career moment was tainted thanks to Chicago radio host Dan McNeil.
McNeil took one look at this woman making career strides he never did then posted her picture in a now-deleted tweet that questioned whether she was an NFL sideline reporter or a host at the AVN awards.
He deleted the tweet, but screengrabs are a thing, Dan.
The Adult Video News (AVN) awards is an awards show celebrating achievements in the adult video entertainment field. It's often referred to as "The Oscars of Porn."
We're not going to shame sex workers like McNeil tried to do, because sex work is work.
But AVN show attendees and hosts typically wear purposefully revealing and highly sexualized clothing. The 2019 AVN best dressed list list (yes, that's a link) features a lot of sheer mesh and a not-insignificant amount of nipple tape.
That's not what Maria Taylor's outfit looks like.
It is not revealing at all, really. There's nothing overtly sexual about shoulders unless you're creating a misogynistic school dress code.
There is a woman unapologetically doing her job in a male-dominated field. Could that maybe be why McNeil was so pressed?
Twitter seemed to think so.
But before we talk about the collective roasting McNeil got, let's talk about how Taylor handled him. She boldly called him out by tweeting him right back, inviting him to bring his misogyny to her directly.
"Danny dearest" is how people will be referring to McNeil for years.
Well Danny Dearest if you would like to continue making sexist comments about me...please bring your misogyny with… https://t.co/gM75Y5AJBf— Maria Taylor (@Maria Taylor) 1600142808.0
Taylor's colleagues also had her back...
Love these Kings 🖤 @JalenRose @RealJayWilliams https://t.co/ieKuz6Tj3X— Maria Taylor (@Maria Taylor) 1600219944.0
Appreciate you guys ❤️❤️ https://t.co/iw1BjnKC4u— Maria Taylor (@Maria Taylor) 1600211744.0
The people who fuel me. Are the people who support me. The only people who can affect me are the people who love me… https://t.co/OyS1KSMcEY— Maria Taylor (@Maria Taylor) 1600212068.0
...along with some other folks from the world of sports.
Appreciate you ❤️💪🏾 @mPinoe https://t.co/Q3NJtorFjA— Maria Taylor (@Maria Taylor) 1600259932.0
we with you @MariaTaylor 🙌🏽🖤— Ja Morant (@Ja Morant) 1600200125.0
Sending love to my girl @MariaTaylor. ❤️— KelleyLCarter (@KelleyLCarter) 1600199661.0
Always ride with @MariaTaylor - I love you my sister. Keep being GREAT. These haters could never.— Taylor Rooks (@Taylor Rooks) 1600175661.0
respect black women. respect black women in sports.— Taylor Rooks (@Taylor Rooks) 1600176399.0
And here we go with this bullshit. The depth of some men’s insecurities will never cease to amaze me. Does my girl… https://t.co/PEwdBCKOet— Michael Eaves (@Michael Eaves) 1600181582.0
Every single day, women who work in sports open up their Twitter feed with a sense of dread in the pit of their sto… https://t.co/miwhe1gb6Y— Taylor M. (@Taylor M.) 1600189665.0
The majority of Twitter was also not on Team Dan for this one.
Just another example of what women have to go through in this business. Huge accomplishment for Maria to be part of… https://t.co/mgMb330mdH— Jemele Hill (@Jemele Hill) 1600143405.0
@MariaTaylor @670TheScore @DannyMac670 He’s actually fetishizing her, which is worse than the respectability bs he… https://t.co/bjYMDyz4RD— Roderick Vonn (rapper/producer/creative) 🇺🇸 (@Roderick Vonn (rapper/producer/creative) 🇺🇸) 1600173322.0
@MariaTaylor @670TheScore @DannyMac670 I’m not the least bit surprised that this comes from Dan McNeil. He took a s… https://t.co/pORzTaMbir— Jennifer Hammond (@Jennifer Hammond) 1600205060.0
@Nroblew9 @MariaTaylor @RickStrom @670TheScore @DannyMac670 Honestly that’s what this is about.— Reeta GODdell (@Reeta GODdell) 1600179033.0
@MariaTaylor @670TheScore @DannyMac670 It's not about the outfit anyway. He has a problem with a "woman" in that po… https://t.co/4dre3ZLkzX— Gabriel Pires (@Gabriel Pires) 1600205174.0
As it turned out, this was a pattern of behavior for McNeil.
That may be why his employer, Entercom, fired him.
While at WMVP radio Dan McNeil was suspended at least twice, once for an on-air fight with his co-host and the seco… https://t.co/kmDMkbKHJJ— USA TODAY Sports (@USA TODAY Sports) 1600203002.0
Entercom made this official statement:
"For each one of us our words have power. For our brands and on-air personalities that is amplified and brings increased responsibility how we choose to use our voices. (Monday) night's tweet, and its degrading and humiliating tone to a fellow female broadcaster, was unacceptable."
"We have the best teams in Chicago, and we must continue to hold ourselves to high expectations to continue to be leaders in our organization, our industry and our community. We apologize to all who were offended by Dan's words, especially Maria."
Twitter, take it away.
The gag is that Dan McNeil will still have to see @MariaTaylor shining on-air and being Black AF all over ESPN airw… https://t.co/0W51Ss8Mf3— Chris Williamson (@Chris Williamson) 1600143410.0
@roxhayes @MariaTaylor @670TheScore @DannyMac670 🤣🤣🤣👊🏻💥— GeevUm (@GeevUm) 1600192190.0
Chicago radio personality and clearly an expert in couture, Dan McNeil, basically called a #MNF reporter Maria Tayl… https://t.co/4ykCxh0WV7— Charles R. Samuelson (@Charles R. Samuelson) 1600205157.0
So impressed by the class of @MariaTaylor -> also Danny Dearest is now fired 👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼 - please, weak men, keep showin… https://t.co/zosoX4N7MR— Phoebe Cloonan ☽ (@Phoebe Cloonan ☽) 1600214566.0
@MariaTaylor @670TheScore @DannyMac670 Looks like Danny Dearest has some free time on his hands now. No reason why he can't go on.— Matt G (@Matt G) 1600217974.0
So yeah ... that didn't work out well for him. Having a history of being terrible rarely does.
Fumbled the ball big time, huh, Danny dearest?