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EDITOR'S NOTE: Fresh off a three year managerial stint, your friendly neighborhood lenslinger is back on the street and under heavy deadline. As the numbing effects of his self-imposed containment wear off, vexing reflections and pithy epistles are sure to follow...

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Schmuck Alert: Redneck Women

In what may be the most egregious attack on a news crew I've ever seen, three females from the lesser of the Carolinas have pushed Nick Curro out of the running for Schmuck(s) of the Year. It happened in Union, South Carolina when WSPA reporter Charmayne Brown and photojournalist Ti Barnes were among other news crews camped outside a fresh murder scene. Seems a Union man had (alledgedly) killed his grandfather over a dispute and when the media began showing up, Trina Vinson, Tousha Smith and Billie Taylor stopped watching Hee-Haw on DVD long enough to see what t'were the matter.

What they found were a couple of news crews set up on a public street, doling out the details of how 33-year-old Michael Shane Howell apparently killed the only sensible relative he had. This didn't sit well with them and when the news crews ignored their orders to level, the three white women went inbred on the nearest African-American reporter. Racial slurs followed as the trio pummelled reporter Charmayne Brown - despite the best effort of her photog to pull the rednecks off. When the melee was finally quieted, police arrived to arrest the three women, leaving the WSPA reporter bruised, battered and ready to press charges.

All joking aside, this is disturbing (as is the video). In the United States, news crews have the right to record and report the news from public property. It's that simple. Still, that doesn't stop peopel from threatening, cajoling and intimidating members of the media from doing their job; just ask anyone who's worked in the field for more than six months. Usually the words are hollow and offended family members do little more than curse under the breath at the interlopers out front. To see three grown women go medevial on a innocent reporter thoughboils my blood. Not only does it offend my journalistic sensibilities, but it really pisses me off when some rednecks show their ass and set race relations back 100 years.

Here's hoping Charmayne Brown heals quickly, scores some kind of settlement (from the NASCAR knick-knacks you know these hillbilly women got stashed somewhere) and realizes that all White Southerners are not the kind of bottom-feeding lowlifes these three women proved themselves to be. I say we the media cover EVERY INCH of their pending criminal proceedings until one of their beehive hair-do's explode. Schmucks!

7 comments:

Josh Newton said...

Being from Union, I'm ashamed...though not too suprised at this. Racial tensions are high, and have been for years. The klan use to march down main street during my high school days, and the flair-up over Susan Smith accusing a black man of driving her car into a nearby lake with her two kids in the back did nothing to help. Union is your typical southern town in that it was once a thriving mill town, and now those jobs are gone, and there is no main road (i.e. Interstate) near it...it doesn't have potential for job growth in the near future. This has left the citizens with a sense of dispare and hopelessness that all to often carry over to stupid shmuck-like actions. This does NOT condone stupidy, but does tend to spread it.
As someone who was raised in Union, and a former camera-slinger, I'm sorry.

Carolyn said...

I just saw this on cnn, and thought "Hmmm...I bet Stew already has it up as a schmuck alert."

I'm not a southerner by birth, but I married one and gave birth to two belles, and I am FOREVER trying to explain to my yankee kin that not ALL southern people are rednecks, and not ALL southern women have big hair and chew snuff. I hope to God my brothers don't see this.

Although, look at it this way - my experience is that when people start hurling racial slurs, its because they are too incredibly stupid to say anything else. These women should be charged, but nobody should waste any time actually thinking about them...they are, as stew used to say, a waste of skin.

Andy said...

These women have disgraced every one that proudly calls themself a modern Southerner. Racism is the purest form of ignorance.

If you watch closely, Charmayne gets in at least ONE haymaker. Good for her!

Edric Floyd said...

What a pathetic bunch of losers who knew little about birth control. Notice the ages of these losers. The mother who was arrested is 48, her son the murder suspect is 33 and one of the other women arrested is the daughter who is 31. One wonders if there are any adult grandchildren out of this group.

I wonder if any of these idiots are related to Susan Smith, who also was from Union South Carolina.

Honestly, I am saddened that such a great region only gets attention when a few of its inbred idiots show their pathetic asses. My family is from Newberry and Laurens County and I have only experienced kindness and friendship from its citizens.

Adam Butler said...

What's wrong with NASCAR knick knacks?

Senator's Forum said...

Slinger, I'm sure that they do not represent the fine people of the region. In fact the ones with good sense have distanced themselves from those causing a stir in the community. For all those with the daily grind of putting quality work on TV be safe out there.

Anonymous said...

y'all cam go to hell! Tousha Smith happens to be my wife and I know what happend.the video was edited by that reporter to get rid of the fact that she herself was the one who started the whole thing. get your facts right,losers