Matt Lauer Just Insulted Every Working Mom in America ​(VIDEO)

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Matt LauerMatt Lauer had an opportunity to hit the CEO of a company in the midst of a major scandal with some hard questions this week. So what did the Today show anchor do when he got GM CEO Mary Barra in the hot seat on the morning show? Why, go the tired old sexist pig route, of course!

Lauer, who has three children and still manages to get up and go to work every day, asked Barra if she can really expect to be a good mom what with all that doing a job thing. Yes. Really.

Here's the breakdown of the part of the interview that will make you smack your hand to your face in agony:

LAUER: You’re a mom, I mentioned, two kids. You said in an interview not long ago that your kids told you they’re going to hold you accountable for one job and that is being a mom.

BARRA: Correct. (smiling)

LAUER: Given the pressures of this job at General Motors, can you do both well?

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

Good for Barra for not taking the bait.

But Matt, really? In 2014?

There are some folks who are defending Matt today, and he has come out to claim he'd ask a dad the same thing. We'll believe that when we see it.

But the fact remains that asking a woman if she can be a good mom and a good worker isn't just outdated and ignorant.

It's damaging to the psyches of other mothers. Because what is it you hear when that question is asked? It's not just a question for Barra (or any other woman being interviewed); it's one that goes right to your own guts.

The fact is most working moms struggle with a sort of guilt. Even when we're doing rather well at both, there remains a niggling doubt in the back of our minds, a switch ready to be flipped. Perhaps it's the letter home from the school that will do it -- the one requesting Fun Day volunteers on a day when you are giving a big presentation. The other moms will be there, your kid tells you. You will be in a boardroom.

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Maybe it's the summertime request from a friend throwing a pool party for the kids. It's a pool party your kiddo will have to miss because they'll be in daycare. You will be answering phones.

Maybe it's another mom talking about the sacrifices she makes because SHE loves her kids (whether she really means that you don't or not is all a matter of perception ... but it's what you hear).

Or maybe it's watching a man who has three children and a successful job ask a woman if she can really expect to be good at parenting when she has a career.

At the end of the day, when one woman's ability to do both is in question, EVERY woman's ability to do both is in question.

Skip to the 3:45 mark to hear the question that has everyone talking:

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CNPL2 CNPL2

I'm not seeing the problem with the question. It can be pretty damn difficult to juggle being a parent with certain jobs. Mountain made out of a mole hill.

EvaSa... EvaSamuel

It's a sexist question because he would never ask the same question of a male CEO.  News outlets are questioning Hillary Clinton's ability to be president because she's going to be a grandmother and never once questioned Mitt Romney's ability as a grandfather of 12.

Bess Moore

Matt is a clueless, sexist putz! Double standards!!!

D.j. Lord

really trying to be offended but that is your right

nonmember avatar Michael

Since she brought it up in an earlier interview it was a fair question and the outrage is silly here. If he asked this out of the blue with no context I could see it being out of line though.

Rubys... RubysMommy

We as mothers put the stress of being parents on ourselves. No decent mother can honestly say she's okay with with someone else doing the work. If we work full time and parent or mother in this scenario, yes it's very difficult. I don't see the question as sexist but realistic. Matt Lauer obviously understands as a human being that mothers want to take the parenting in their own hands no matter what. We don't allow having a job take that role away from us. Would he ask that to a man CEO, probably not because he knows if there is a mother in the picture it's taken care of. Now if the CEO was a man and a single dad that question would absolutely come up. All mammal species mothers take care of the young ones, it's nature, it's natural it's definitely not sexist.

Charl... Charlyla2

Well, it is a ridiculous question. No man would be asked the same. A better question would have been "Do you think you are teaching your children integrity and responsibility by being the CEO of a company that wilfully hid information regarding faulty ignition switches that caused the deaths of no less than 6 people?"

asonw... asonwithtype1

It was brought up in another intervew.... what's the outrage ... gosh by the article I thought their would be a sexiest undertone to the interview, there simply wasn't.

nonmember avatar Tammie

Your talking to a CEO of a company that is in trouble..why in the world would any reasonable person even bring up being a mom or her children??? One has nothing to do with the other!! If it was a male CEO..would he ask " hey i see your a dad, do your children think u suck as a dad because u go to work everyday?" Really Matt?!?! Sooo stupid

CLM3345 CLM3345

I don't think the question is sexist at all considering the question immediately before it. Her children said they were going to hold her accountable for being a great mom, so he was just asking if she felt she was doing that. CEOs don't work 40 hour work weeks, particularly ones in high profile companies,they can work a lot longer and often travel for days at a time. I personally think it was a legitimate question considering all the circumstances around her job and her children's statement. I think he would have asked a man the same question if all of the same circumstances applied.

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