So, explain to America why anyone would make a woman CEO

Hahahaha some silly woman thought she could do a high-level job but tv personality Matt Lauer put her straight. He wanted to know if she was going to be able to do the high-level job and take care of her children. He also asked her if she got the job because she’s a fuzzy touchy-feely wooooman, because why else would anyone ever hire a woman for anything, except wet nurse or prostitute.

Today Show host Matt Lauer on Thursday asked General Motors CEO Mary Barra if she felt she could run a company and be a good mother during an interview about the company’s controversial recalls.

“I want to tread lightly here,” Lauer said before launching into a question about why Barra got the CEO job, noting that she is extremely qualified.

“But some people are speculating that you also got this job because as a woman and as a mom because people within General Motors knew this company was in for a very tough time and as a woman and a mom you could present a softer image and softer face for this company as it goes through this horrible episode. Does it make sense or does it make you bristle?” he asked.

“Well it’s absolutely not true,” Barra responded. “I believe I was selected for this job based on my qualifications. We dealt with this issue — when the senior leadership of this company knew about this issue, we dealt with this issue.”

No no, that can’t be right, because no woman could be qualified, she must have landed the job because the guys at GM – which is more of a guy thing, you know – wanted a mommy figure.

Lauer then asked Barra about her children, noting that her kids have said they will hold her “accountable for one job and that is being a mom.”

“Given the pressures of this job at General Motors, can you do both well?” he asked.

“You know, I think I can. I have a great team, we’re on the right path,” Barra replied. “I have a wonderful family, a supportive husband and I’m pretty proud of the way my kids are supporting me in this.”

Then he asked her if she’d had plastic surgery, and what size bra she was wearing, and if she knew how to throw.


  1. Al Dente says

    Some questions Lauer forgot to ask:

    So, Ms Barra. will there be times of the month when you have to defer making decisions? Is it true that your kids have to eat a lot of pizza and take-out Chinese because you sometimes work late? When was the last time you vacuumed the house?

  2. says

    Don’t forget that this is the same Matt Lauer who, when interviewing Anne Hathaway when she was promoting Les Miserables in 2012, insisted on opening the interview by asking her questions about embarrassing photos taken of her (“wardrobe malfunction”) and followed up by pestering her about her weight.

  3. quixote says

    “Then he asked her if she’d had plastic surgery, and what size bra she was wearing, and if she knew how to throw.”

    What’s really sad is that I don’t know if you’re reporting or joking there, given his other questions.

    Why does this derphead still have a job?

  4. jenBPhillips says

    Forgetting the first rule of holes, Lauer has a Facebook post trying to explain his remarks by citing a Forbes article in which Barra discussed motherhood. Winning the internet was this comment by the author of the Forbes piece:

    Joann Muller Matt, I wrote that story in Forbes. I, too, am a working mother and Mary Barra and I have a lot in common. During our interview, we chatted about our kids, our jobs, and how we balance work and life. I never felt compelled to ask if a “mom” could handle being CEO, because I already knew the answer. Of course, she could. Women, like men, must always balance life’s challenges. And I don’t think her gender or her role as a mom is relevant to how she is handling the crisis at GM.
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