Sports reporter Pam Oliver brushes off criticism about hair
Many football lovers took time away from the game to make fun of FOX Sports reporter Pam Oliver’s hair.
Last month during the NFC Championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers, fans used social media as a tool express their disapproval.
Oliver has finally responded to the criticism, which took shape in the form of memes, tweets and viral videos.
“It’s the psychology of it that I want to understand,” she told [columnist Janice Armstrong] during a phone conversation Monday afternoon. “It’s comical. This whole thing is just comical.” […]
“…It’s a process. I do my own hair and makeup – insert joke here,” she deadpanned. “I’m up early. I’m at the stadium about 4 hours before the game, just going over some last-minute stuff and then waiting for some players to come out, which is generally 2 hours before the game.
“You’re out there, trying a to catch players, get some last-minute stuff, get your reports turned around quickly, and I may or may not have time to put on lip gloss or powder my face,” Oliver explained, adding that she doesn’t have hair stylists and makeup artists with her on game day. “I know TV is a visual medium, but there are times when you kind of hope that people are listening to what you’re saying as opposed to judging you if a strand of hair is not in place or if you have only got one eye lined or something.
Oliver is a veteran in television reporting. After graduating from Florida A&M University in 1984, she paid her dues at TV stations around the country. She’s been with FOX Sports for almost 20 years.
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