#MoreThanMean: Powerful video sheds light on harassment women face online

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Just Not Sports

Every day social media users hide behind the safety of their keyboards to write hateful things and a new video shows just how nasty the Internet can be, especially toward women. The video, produced by the podcast and website, Just Not Sports, looks specifically at the online abuse suffered by women who work in sports to show that many of the tweets they receive are simply #MoreThanMean.

"One of the players should beat you to death with their hockey stick," read one tweet.

"I hope your dog gets hit by a car, you b***h" read another tweet.

The comments were read to ESPN's Sarah Spain and Chicago-based broadcaster Julie DiCaro, both of whom have been outspoken about the prevalence of cyber harassment.

The tweets were not written by the men reading them, but they are real and they are "more than mean."

"I hope your boyfriend beats you," read another tweet.

"Hopefully this skank Julie DiCaro is Bill Cosby's next victim. That would be classic," says yet another.

As the men read ahead at what they are expected to say to the women's faces, they look terribly uncomfortable and seem to agonize over the choice to read specific tweets.

'So... I have to read all of them right? Because, I mean....' stammers one of the men, but at the encouragement of Julie he reads: 'I hope you get raped again,' and winces after doing so.

Others struggle to look the women in the eye, and some even apologize on behalf of people online or even men in general. One man even remarks: 'I feel like I need to apologize to my mother!'

The video was posted online Monday and has already been viewed more than one-million times.

Female journalists, such as Erin Andrews are commending Spain and DiCaro for their bravery.

Some people still don't get it.

However, most of the responses to the video have been positive.