Generally I have been skipping Brad Brad World on Bravo. I find him annoying and pretentious and after watching one episode decided to skip the rest for pretty much ever. Last night a reader sent me an e-mail saying I needed to watch it because there was something that was really horrific on the show so I watched it. Needless to say I was horrified.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
It does not matter if you have never watched the show. It does not matter if you will ever watch the show, this post is just about common decency and respect and what a network lets slide for ratings.
Last night Brad (who is a self professed stylist for people who cannot dress themselves) took his female assistant Lindsay on a trip to Alabama. They went to an event and Brad was invited to be photographed while at a lake. His assistant was also there and was wearing a modest bikini and the photographer asks to shoot her too. She agrees. After being photographed Brad calls her a slut. After a few beats he says just kidding. At this point she has tears in her eyes. After another minute he then calls her a big slut and she starts crying even more.
This is not acceptable. Just because you are a gay man does not mean you can call your female employees sluts. This is sexual harassment and bullying. What did Bravo do that condones this? They aired it. They did not say it was wrong. What they should have done is put and end to the show right then and there. They did not though. In the alternative they could have not aired that portion. They chose to air it. They could have also had some kind of disclaimer or some kind of announcement about where you can go or who you can talk to if you feel like you have been sexually harassed at work.
Does Andy Cohen call his female assistants sluts? I am guessing he thinks it is perfectly ok because last time I checked he was the boss of programming. Did anything happen to Brad? Nope. I guarantee you that if a straight male employee called his female assistant a slut there would have been hell to pay. If a straight male had called his gay assistant the f word there would have been hell to pay so why is it ok and condoned by Bravo that a gay man can call his female assistant a slut and there are no repercussions.