NFL reporter Pam Oliver has it rough. Although an accomplished sports news reporter and one of the most recognizable black female faces in the industry, every single time she appears on TV screens along football sidelines, she is subject to a firestorm of negative backlash about her hair or other parts of her appearance.
Most recently, during Super Bowl 2014, tweets, Facebook updates and even Instagram memes took aim at Oliver’s latest hair choice, mercilessly calling her “nappy headed,” describing the weave as “trash” and begging for her to “fire your beautician.” But Oliver revealed to Philly.com that’s she’s actually to blame sometimes for her beauty missteps.
“I do my own hair and makeup – insert joke here,” she told the local news site days before the big 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. 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.”
The sports reporter also sat down with the Wall Street Journal to address the mean tweets she receives on a daily basis. “I can’t imagine what kind of life you lead to be able to spew that kind of venom toward someone,” she said before adding a gem from Eleanor Roosevelt, “No one can make you feel bad about yourself without your consent.”
Catch the full interview with WSJ on the next page.