Britt McHenry, Bullying, And The Lynch Mob Mindset Of Our Society

In case you have been out of touch with media for a bit, an ESPN reporter had a severe case of “verbal diarrhea” and seriously lost her mind on an employee of a tow truck company. You can see the video and read about it here.

She has been suspended by ESPN but what’s interesting is people’s reactions to the story and to the punishment dished out. This blog that wants her fired caught my attention.

Lynch mob

First let me start by saying that I’m sickened by what Britt McHenry said and her attitude and arrogance in saying it. She should be punished for what happened. It certainly appeared that the words flowed pretty easily out of her mouth so I am guessing this is not the first time she has shown this kind of behavior, just the first time caught on video.

I have no tolerance for that kind of child like, bullying behavior. I have been the victim of bullying and it is not a fun situation to be in. That being said, it seems like there is a lynch mob looking for her to be fired and never work again.

It seems like people have less tolerance for her behavior than some of the criminal athletes that she is reporting on but I’ll save that soapbox for another day.

I’m not saying she shouldn’t be punished but her employment is between her and her employer. She isn’t some politician working for the taxpayer. If we don’t like the way her employer handled the situation then we have the choice as consumers to not support their product.

So if we can so easily point our finger at her and say, “She should be fired,” then there are a bunch of fingers pointing back at us and our mistakes. Can you imagine if our worst moments were captured on video? I’m sure none of us would be all too thrilled.

So where are we at as a society with extending grace to people that admit to doing something wrong?

This lynch mob mindset of a death sentence for every mistake someone makes might seem fine, until we are the ones in the spotlight after a bad day.

I recently saw the movie “Unfriended”. It’s about an embarrassing video that gets posted that leads to the person in the video killing herself. I saw the movie with my teenage son and it brought up some great conversations. One of which was cyber bullying. What might seem funny to the person posting something could be devastating to the person who is in the post. People seem to forget that the Internet is written in ink, not pencil.

Matthew 7:2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.

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