Durango Herald reporter Chase Olivarius-McAllister is livid. Not only was she victimized once when two police officers were recorded on her voicemail having a man-cave style conversation about her “boobs” and nationality, but she was targeted again when the local news station handled her story inappropriately by having the audacity to cast her as the villain!
When Deputy Sergeant Zach Farnam called her back about crime statistics he made a big mistake. Farnman didn’t hang up the phone correctly so the entire sexist conversation between him and another officer was recorded on Olivarius-McAllister’s voicemail.
The conversation is truly misogynistic in pattern. It begins with Deputy Sergeant Farnam saying, “My wife worked at the Harold, f*ckin’ hated that b*tch.”
That’s a pretty nasty and unprofessional thing to say, but it gets much worse from there.
Predictably, after Farnam refers to Olivarius-McAlliste as a “b*tch,” she is immediately judged summarily based on appearance.
“Is she hot?” the second officer asks. Queue disgusting misogynistic free-for-all when Farnam replies:
Not hot, I mean. She’s got an okay body. I mean…
The second officer interjects:
Finally, Farnam confirms:
F*cking giant dude. I mean, not like quadruple Ds or anything. But at least a solid set of Ds, probably double Ds.
This is not the end of the conversation though. It actually meanders from slut-shaming to racial profiling. The entire audio is available with subtitles in the video at the end of the article if you’d like to hear how far the discussion actually devolves.
Brian Unger (NPR) says that the news station should have not done this story at all, that they should have just quietly told the “boys” to cool it.
Honestly, in my opinion, that is a bigger problem than the fact that the officers saw no consequences. The news station absolutely did the right thing by covering the story, but they should have done it right.
This was a frat-house between buddies kind of conversation and these officers were on the clock, supposedly doing their jobs and chose to behave like this? They got caught, they should deal with the consequences – it is embarrassing (not to mention just plain stupid) to banter like this — especially in your workplace while on the clock.
Then, Olivarius-McAllister was victimized a second time when the news station which covered the story decided to use the picture below, that is clearly unflattering, in their report.
They seem to be attempting to cast her as the quintessential “angry feminist.”
It took me all of two minutes to find this much more attractive photo of Olivarius-McAllister, so what gives?
Olivarius-McAllister had every right to call these officers out for their reprehensible comments. Since the news station neglected to mention the officers’ names, but made the victim’s name public, it seems that they turned the report into something along the lines of “a woman got her feelings hurt and dared whine about it,” instead of what it should have been: a public shaming of cops making absurdly inappropriate comments about a professional woman while on the job.
These officers may not deserve “big” consequences, like firing, but they do deserve to be held up for ridicule — and they should have been definitely been disciplined in SOME way.
Why? Because, people working in just about any other profession would have been punished for the same behavior. Police officers should be held to the highest standards; we pay them to “protect and serve” after all, not make egregiously rude and sexist remarks on our tax dime.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
Cenk Uygur, Hannah Cranston (Think Tank), Jimmy Dore (The Jimmy Dore Show), and Brian Unger (NPR) hosts of The Young Turks discuss the situation below:
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