If I were to rank my favorite celebrity females, Ann Curry would fall at number 2, just behind the wonderful Meryl Streep. (Sorry, Ann, but I think you get this one.) Not only is she an amazing journalist, a strong female professional, but she also has a great fashion sense. (And I mean, how do you not love a woman who reacts to her fans this way?)
I cried today when I watched Ann say her final farewell. Friends and I have been discussing the rumors for the past week, and I kept dismissing the possibility that she may really be in danger of losing her job. She has delivered some of the most poignant journalistic moments of the last 50 years (rough estimate), and I felt certain that NBC could appreciate what role Ann played for strong women every where. I was wrong. Ratings are down, they say her and Matt don't have chemistry, and instead of questioning the $25 million golden boy, it must clearly be time to oust the woman. THE WOMAN WHO USED TWITTER TO REUNITE A LOST AMERICAN WOMAN WITH HER FAMILY POST 2011 Japanese earthquake. Clearly, she must be the problem.
Yes, selfishly I will miss hearing Ann's voice every morning. I am one of the ridiculous people who actually talk back to the Today show cast in the mornings, complimenting Al on his outfit, warning Savannah when she gets a little too close to the guests, and most of all watching Ann be a moving storyteller. But even more, as I watched Ann cry this morning, I felt ache and pain for what this means for women in our society. Ann speaks her mind. She strives to do her best. She does less fluff and more hard hitting journalism. She visits war zones. She looks deeper. She has a strong voice. And today, a room full of (mostly male) executives told her that was wrong. And that it wasn't good enough. Maybe should could have stayed around longer if she learned how to better bake cookies with Paula Deen and stopped showing too much empathy. F#@% that noise.
In a USA Today article released earlier this morning she says, "My father used to say, 'Well, Ann, maybe the best thing you'll ever do, you haven't even thought of yet.' And as I think about this, maybe that time is now." To that I say, Ann, take a moment, listen to the cheers and applause from those who love you and recognize you as the strong, trail blazing, amazing female journalist you are, and know that we will always be standing in your corner waiting to see what you do next.