Sports News Without Fear, Favor or Compromise
Sports News Without Fear, Favor or Compromise
Illustration for article titled Ed Werder Bravely Speaks For All The Men Who Dont Have Jobs In Sports Media
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Sports Illustrated is looking to hire an entry-level news writer—an hourly position for 40 hours a week—but Ed Werder is explicitly not allowed to apply for the job, and if he does he’ll be chemically sterilized and thrown into a lion pit, as per company policy.

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That’s how Werder interpreted this pretty standard tweet from SI writer Charlotte Wilder, anyway:

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Werder, an NFL reporter who was laid off by ESPN in 2017, could not fathom the idea of encouraging women to apply for a job:

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ESPN journalist Mina Kimes tried to helpfully explain to Ed that Wilder’s tweet would be helpful and productive to women who aren’t well-represented in the industry. That didn’t work:

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Werder urged his critics to think of the children (who are white, male, and have a disproportionately higher likelihood of getting an interview and/or a job than non-white, non-male candidates, which is the entire reason to encourage women and people of color to apply for jobs, so that sports media doesn’t reach its inevitable conclusion and morph into a homogenized Bruce Springsteen fan forum populated by people who believe that the enjoyment of middle-shelf whiskey is interesting enough to be a personality trait):

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Some of those males do not have the same chance as anyone else, Ed. They have a much better chance.

Update (2:03 p.m. ET): Okay, Ed.

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