Shea Allen, a (now former) special investigations reporter for the ABC affiliate in Huntsville, Alabama, recently came under fire after confessing on her personal blog that she has — AT LEAST ONCE — "gone bra-less during a live broadcast and no one was the wiser." First of all, BFD. I go bra-less on the reg and nobody gives me any attention for it no matter how many times I burst into a train car singing "MAMMARIES! ALL ALONE IN MY TANK TOP!" to the tune of "Memory" from Cats.
Allen admitted to free-boobing in a post titled "Confessions of a Red Headed Reporter," but soon took the post down after she allegedly caught too much flack about it from her employer. She then reposted the list, with an added note saying that she would stick to her guns and stand up for free expression:
I've vowed to always fight for the right of free expression. It's allowed, no matter what the profession. I pride myself in having earned the respect of many because I make no apologies for the truth and hold nothing back. I don't fight for things because they serve me, I fight for them because they are right. Sources trust me because I am an unadulterated version of the truth. I won't ever bend just because its popular to do so and I'm not bending now.
Here's the list that people found so controversial:
1. I've gone bra-less during a live broadcast and no one was the wiser.2. My best sources are the ones who secretly have a crush on me.3. I am better live when I have no script and no idea what I'm talking about.4. I've mastered the ability to contort my body into a position that makes me appear much skinner in front of the camera than I actually am.5. I hate the right side of my face.6. I'm frightened of old people and I refuse to do stories involving them or the places they reside.7. Happy, fluffy, rainbow stories about good things make me depressed.8. I've taken naps in the news car.9. If you ramble and I deem you unnecessary for my story, I'll stop recording but let you think otherwise.10. I've stolen mail and then put it back. (maybe)
Allen says the list is "funny" and "satirical," but also "genuine" and not "fake." In other words, take what you want from it (what I'm taking is her offensive distaste for the elderly and that she's maybe committed a federal crime). What most people are getting hung up on, however, is the whole bra thing. Many of the comments on her personal blog are to the effect of "Number 1, um, no" and it seems to be where most of the media is focusing their energy.