Feeling Like The One Percent – Britt McHenry

Remember when PeeWee Herman could fly, and he sang, ‘I’m the luckiest boy in the world; so much luckier than you?’ Britt McHenry is all over the web this week, giving us all a perfect example of what goes on in the mind of those who feel that they are the one percent. You don’t have to be rich to be in that club. You don’t even have to be talented. You don’t have to be better than anyone else. You just have to think you are.

Britt had her car towed, and I guess that really pissed her off. Not much news there. So, she started slamming the parking attendant for doing her job. Britt’s catty side got the best of her, with comments about the parking lot attendant being fat, toothless, and of course, working as a parking lot attendant. Britt, on the other hand, works as an announcer for ESPN. She interviews sweaty toothless jocks, many of whom have arrest records that would make a prison guard blush. Her journalistic skills include standing on the sidelines of sporting events in the hopes that someone on either side will talk to her. They usually do. She is a cute blond with nice curves. The players like to be interviewed by Britt. They get to appear on television without hand-cuffs. So a few of them are very familiar with the criminal justice system. They run well, and can catch the ball. And occassionally talk to Britt. Britt’s work is seen all over the world. She is around star athletes all the time. She is young, beautiful, and on television. That makes her special. That makes her luckier than you.

In America, special people expect special treatment, and when they don’t get it, they express themselves, sometimes badly. Some influence Congress with lots of money to get lower taxes. Some campaign against the EPA to avoid responsibility for polluting our environment. And some berate parking lot attendants for not treating them special. In moments like this, special people show their specialness.

Will Britt one day be fat and toothless? Perhaps, with a little karma. When we are young and beautiful, we often cannot imagine being otherwise. Time will disabuse her of that notion. Until then, we have a one week reprieve from Britt’s journalistic excellence, although the way this story is taking off, perhaps ESPN will call a time-out, and go to a long commercial Britt-break.