Clemson alumna responds to #TrumpTapes: “The conversation has got to change because everyone deserves respect”
Los Angeles — While everyone back at her college was watching updates on Hurricane Matthew, Clemson alumna Nancy O’Dell spent the day of October 7 disgusted after a 2005 tape of her, former co-host Billy Bush, and GOP nominee Donald Trump was leaked by the Washington (DC) Post.
Shortly after Matthew made landfall in South Carolina, the (Columbia) State, the second-largest newspaper statewide, contacted Mrs. O’Dell, who graduated Summa Cum Laude at Clemson.
Mrs. O’Dell said in a statement she was “saddened that these comments still exist in our society at all,” adding “it was disappointing to hear such objectification of women.”
“The conversation needs to change because no female, no person, should be the subject of such crass comments, whether or not cameras are rolling,” she said.
“Everyone deserves respect no matter the setting or gender,” added Mrs. O’Dell. “As a woman who has worked very hard to establish her career, and as a mom, I feel I must speak out with the hope that as a society we will always strive to be better.”
On Monday on-air of Entertainment Tonight, the show she hosts, Mrs. O’Dell released a longer statement:
“Welcome, everybody. Well, before we get going tonight, I feel it’s very important that I address you all directly. As a journalist for 26 years now, it is my job to bring you news about others, rather than turning the focus on myself. But by now, I’m sure that most of you have heard the audio tape which became national news and part of the presidential race. My name was mentioned and, unfortunately, the release of it has thrown me into the middle of the political arena of which I didn’t ask to be a part.”
“I released a statement on Saturday and I truly mean what I said. There is no room for objectification of women, or anyone for that matter, not even in the ’locker room.’ The conversation has got to change because everybody deserves respect, no matter the gender or setting. And as a mom, I have to add that our kids, especially our young girls, need to know that their hard work, their achievements, their intelligence, their heart are most important, and those things will not go unnoticed.”
“I also want to take this time now to thank you, the viewers, who so graciously open your homes to Entertainment Tonight every night. I’ve been flooded with your messages from around the world, and I so appreciate all of your kind words. I have been reading as many as I can and they are completely renewing my faith that we all want a better and more inclusive society. So, once again, I thank you all for your support.”
Also, Planned Parenthood executive director of public affairs Vicki Ringer, of Lexington, reminded Trump supporters around the state of who Mrs. O’Dell is.
— Vicki Ringer (@vickiringer) October 11, 2016