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I don’t know about you but I’m fed up mean people in media.  You know who I’m taking about; media personalities like Rush Limbaugh and Dr. Phil, who make their living by criticizing and insulting anybody and everybody.

This weekend I went to a marketing conference put on by Glazer Kennedy Insiders’ Circle, where one of the keynote speakers was one of them.  This speaker is known for his “in your face” attitude.

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Dr. Phil McGraw attends the Dr Phil & Kris Allen 'Little Kids Rock Across America' event at the Central Los Angeles High School for Visual & Performing Arts on February 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

I sat in the back of the room and watched the audience as this speaker spouted off his garbage like a manure sprinkler on a dairy farm, “People are idiots and I can prove it,” he said, and the audience laughed and clapped in agreement.  His language was peppered with profanity, “your life is your own damn fault,” or “yeah, I’m an asshole.”  Every other sentence was another put down, “you’re fat, you’re lazy, etc.”

I’m sure that my opinion is in the minority.  I sat in the back of the audience and watched them react to him.  They shook their heads in agreement when called people “idiots” and made fun of the “fat” person that he was telling a story about.  I was amazed at the groupthink in the room.  I sat watching in amazement as this speaker continued his rant making fun of other “motivational” speakers (I’m sure he even meant the speakers on the stage previous to him.).

By the way, I have seen this speaker speak before and I have read his books, so I knew what to expect. I actually was not going to attend his session, but I thought I would give him a second chance thinking that since he was at a professional business conference he would tone it down.  Boy was I wrong!  As a business owner, I would never speak to my employees or prospects the way that this man spoke to us.   As a former Human Resources professional, I know that the Fortune 500 company that I worked for would have never tolerated this type of behavior or personality in the workplace; it would have resulted in a harassment lawsuit for sure.  Yet we tolerate it in our media.  What’s up with that?

I think it’s time for us to stand up against this type of behavior (and let me be the first) from people who use their media platform and power of free speech to spew out their mean-spirited opinions like vomit on a sidewalk.  They are bullies.  Sure this country needs change, but there are better ways to elicit it.

Like Taylor Swift sings, “Why you gotta be so mean?”

Just my opinion.