LA Times Polices Itself Over Accusations of Sexist Writing
Vanessa could indeed be awarded up to $75 million, but according to a blog post at the Times today, a reader pointed out -- and rightly so -- that the use of the word "windfall" smacked not just a little bit of sexism:
Reader Pam Wilson of San Diego said she found this description "blatantly sexist." "The premise is that Bryant's wife, Vanessa, does not deserve half of the couple's community property," Wilson emailed. "She is getting a 'windfall,' i.e. something she does not deserve, because obviously, Kobe was the one earning the money."
So Wilson's interpretation of "windfall" wasn't exactly right, but then again, neither was the Times'. Edgar makes the point that the settlement won't have anything to do with luck, but rather, will be in accordance with the law: since the Bryants didn't have a prenup, Vanessa is entitled to half of their community property. All that said, Edgar concludes that "'windfall' wasn't the right word."