Ex-beauty queen sickened by explicit messages written about her during work call
A former beauty queen turned businesswoman called out a group of men who made explicit comments about her looks during a business meeting.
Whitney Sharpe was talking to potential clients when they began using Microsoft Teams to discuss her looks – which became visible to her when one of the men shared their screen with her.
The 28-year-old recruiting and staffing professional, from Boston, decided to call them out on it at the end of the meeting.
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In the video, which has gained more than 2million likes, she wrote: "When a group vendor accidentally shared his group teams chat and it's all nasty things about me. It's 2023, can this stop?"
Speaking to the men in the clip, the former Miss Massachusetts USA said: "First of all, if we’re going to continue to work together, I want to work with a woman sales representative because I don’t want to have to see locker room talk about myself when you’re sharing screens.
"I know that was a mistake, but I don’t want to see that."
In the caption, she added: "It’s rough being a woman in a male-dominated field."
One of the men responded to her, branding it an “inexcusable mistake”, adding, "apologies on that" and that they have a woman that she could work with in the future.
However, in a follow-up video, she received an email from the unidentified company saying that they "do not have anyone skilled enough to assist you that is female".
The response she claims was a "red flag" as she questioned why when there are "plenty of women they could hire to do the job".
She later received a call from the business as they tried to make sure they were still in the prospect of becoming one of her vendors but she told her followers they won't be.
"I can not work with a vendor and my company will not support a vendor who does not support women," she added.
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TikTok viewers praised her in her comments for calling them out and subsequently dropping them because of their behaviour.
One user said: "Queen behaviour."
Another added: "The way he apologises for accidentally sharing it but not for talking about you that way."
A third commented: "The problem was not that he shared his screen, but that the ‘locker room talk’ was going on at all."
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