“I don’t want to be sexually harassed, but I want others to want to sexually harass me” – Greta Van Susteren (not the pretty one)
You probably heard by now, Greta Van Susteren is leaving Fox News. To be clear, since there are two Fox News hosts leaving, a Greta and a Gretchen, do you know Greta from Gretchen?
“I hated hearing, ‘Gretchen, you know, the pretty host'” Greta Van Susteren (not the pretty one) wrote in a blog post about her leaving Fox News.
The timing of Greta’s departure (almost immediately after Gretchen’s $20M sexual harassment settlement) invited the perception that Greta was standing with Gretchen, one woman getting another woman’s back. The blog post made it clear this was not the case.
“Don’t get me wrong,” Greta wrote, “I don’t want to be sexually harassed, but I want others to want to sexually harass me.”
The Pretty One Gets the Payout
And that’s understandable. Gretchen Carlson rose to fame when selected as Miss America in 1989, and to riches when selected for sexual harassment in 2015 that ended with the high profile $20M settlement.
So, to make sure the news is accurately published, Greta Van Susteren (not the pretty one) is leaving Fox News not for any “girl power” sort of reason, but because she didn’t want to stick around after the pretty one left and have to compete with other women to be the one a powerful white executive would want to sexually harass.