This past week, Katherine Webb went on Dan Patrick’s talk show where she was asked about her reaction to Brent Musburger’s comments during the BCS National Championship Game. Webb said, “It’s kind of crazy for any woman for to say that they would be offended…because every girl wants to be told they are pretty and that they are beautiful.” Who wouldn’t? This is a prime example about how people make judgments about comments that are in no way related to them without thinking about how the subjects of the comments feel. Webb wants people to stop reading into a person’s comments and instead take the comments for what they are. Ever since the “controversy” over Musburger’s comments, Webb has been outspoken about how she appreciated the compliments and knows that there was no negative intent in him saying what he did. Patrick is a well-known sports analyst and this was a great opportunity for her to reach as large of an audience as possible to say that not only was she not offended by the comments, she was thankful for what he said because of the notoriety she has gained as a result. She made a point on the show to say, “Thank you for everything you have done and for helping my career and for helping me make a new life for myself.” She went out of her way to make it clear to everyone that she appreciated the effect that his comments had on her life and her career. She was featured in the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and has been featured on many different popular shows because of the widespread coverage of the reaction to Musburger’s comments. It is interesting how the reaction to media can have unintended results. She went from being the unknown girlfriend of a quarterback to a national celebrity. She has certainly earned a significant amount of money from modeling contracts that she probably wouldn’t have gotten if it were not for Musburger pointing out her attractiveness on national television and people reacting to it the way that they did. I think the main reason is that the media wants to feature people who are involved in controversial situations because it helps them to reach a larger audience. People are interested in hearing her opinion on other people’s reactions to her situation, and featuring her expands their audience to sports enthusiasts, people interested in modeling, and people who would be offended by Musburger’s comments. The New York Times would not typically feature an article about a sports commentator’s harmless remarks. Yet, they did so because the National Championship game is an extremely popular US sporting event and people like to read about controversy. It increases their readership and, as a result, helps them make money.