Via Philly News reports:
No, it wasn’t because Oliver, an industry veteran, got her facts wrong. Oliver’s too up on the game for that. As a female reporter, she did something far more egregious. Oliver had a bad hair day. Gulp!
Even casual viewers could see that her hair needed refreshing and that her auburn hightlights were on overdrive. It wasn’t her best look. But who hasn’t had a bad hair day? I’ve had bad-hair weeks, not just a day.
Fans were merciless. They went in hard on Oliver, turning to social media to poke fun at her. Her locks soon started trending on Twitter. People were mean, comparing her to Chewbacca from “Star Wars” or worse. From all the ruckus, you’d think Oliver had run onto the football field naked during halftime.
In a matter of hours, her hair became a thing. An Internet meme. It probably didn’t help that I wound up blogging about what happened. But Oliver, who read my “Hey Jen” blog post on Philly.com, was more amazed at all the interest in her hair than upset.
“It’s the psychology of it that I want to understand,” she told me during a phone conversation Monday afternoon. “It’s comical. This whole thing is just comical.”
As we chatted, I asked her about a commonly held notion that all sideline reporters do is show up on game day and hold microphones.
“No, I wish it were so easy. It’s a process. I do my own hair and makeup – insert joke here,” she deadpanned. “I’m up early. I’m at the stadium about 4 hours before the game, just going over some last-minute stuff and then waiting for some players to come out, which is generally 2 hours before the game.
“You’re out there, trying a to catch players, get some last-minute stuff, get your reports turned around quickly, and I may or may not have time to put on lip gloss or powder my face,” Oliver explained, adding that she doesn’t have hair stylists and makeup artists with her on game day. “I know TV is a visual medium, but there are times when you kind of hope that people are listening to what you’re saying as opposed to judging you if a strand of hair is not in place or if you have only got one eye lined or something.
“That’s naive of me. I get it. But there are times I get so tunnel-visioned and focused on what I’m doing to the point of maybe letting that other stuff fall by the wayside. It’s not intentional. You want to look your best on TV.”
Poor thang! Pam Oliver just wants to be a great reporter and says she doesn’t have time to worry about her hair. Do you think that’s a valid excuse to look crazy on TV?