I just came across an article about the Stephen Fowler fallout from his performance on Wife Swap, a show I have never watched. And he should be ashamed of himself. He has done damage to himself, his family, San Francisco, liberals, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, Brits, ex-pats, men, and so many people trying to live their lives in good ways.
I suppose it’s like watching a train wreck – the horror is there, but I can’t stop watching it either.
The Fowlers, who live in Noe Valley in San Francisco, switched wives with the Long’s from rural Missouri. On camera, he called Gayla Long stupid and uneducated and insulted her over and over in a wide variety of ways. I’m surprised, frankly, that the show’s producers let this abuse continue.
My respect for the folks from the MidWest just went up and I have a deeper understanding of why they might resent liberals from San Francisco – of which I am one.
I was appalled, disgusted, and ashamed. How are we going to solve our collective problems when we have so many who think so little of others? We may not be alike, but we are all Americans and we are all human. My brother and his family live in the MidWest – in South Dakota and Minnesota. We don’t agree on a lot, but I respect them. I get angry at him sometimes because he doesn’t see my way, but he sees life differently and his experiences are different from mine and I respect that.
I'm glad Fowler has resigned from his non-profit boards -- he has done them such damage.
For more, go to The article at Yahoo News, the Stephen Fowler Sucks web site, the Facebook group, "I Can not Stand Stephen Fowler from `Wife Swap,'" and Renee Stephens (Fowler’s wife) blog comments and his apology
How do you feel about this kind of insensitivity? Am I over-reacting here?