Getting a DWI 'like really sucks!'

Texas State was dragged into the headlines last week under the unfortunate wheel of a pink Barbie jeep that has disgraced students and alums everywhere.

Texas State student Tara Monroe, infamously known as “Barbie Jeep Girl,” made national headlines due to the novelty of her driving situation. However, the reason behind her adorable toy car is no laughing matter. Monroe’s license was suspended due to refusing a Breathalyzer test after being suspected of DWI.

Every day in the United States 28 people are killed due to the reckless individuals who choose to drive intoxicated. That is over 10,000 people every year, but that number does not even include the countless friends and families further impacted by the sudden loss of their loved one.

Praising a person for being involved with drunk driving due to the novelty of their new mode of transportation is a slap in the face to all of those who have been negatively affected by this mindless act.

Not only is the media’s praise of Monroe a slap to victims of DWI, but it is also a smack in the face to us all. Each year drunk driving costs the United States almost $200 billion. Every single year Americans are wasting money due to the reckless behavior of people who think driving while intoxicated is the best decision they have ever made.

The media should be ashamed of themselves for not writing scathing and informative pieces about driving while intoxicated and that they decided to shift it to the ingenuity of an immaturely creative girl.

Aside from the ignoring the actual severity of drunk driving, this entire fiasco has caused Texas State to look like a home for impulsive party animals—a reputation the university has been trying to escape. As a collective, the university and its student body have made huge strides to distance themselves from the “party school” reputation that has plagued the Bobcats for decades. This incident drags everyone back down into the trenches.

The national publicity surrounding a person notorious for riding a toy jeep due to reckless behavior does not bode well for students actually trying to make a difference and increase the school’s renown.

The coverage of the story is a disgrace. People on social media are now talking about how this entire Barbie jeep fiasco is “so Texas State,” which embarrasses the university even further. Texas State has come a long way from its party school reputation.

The media would not be amused if a drunk driver hits a the passenger of a Barbie jeep going 5 mph on Sessom. No one would be pointing and laughing at the novelty of the situation or the cuteness of the broken jeep, so the media should not foam at the mouth because some young woman is riding said jeep around a college campus.

Instead of choosing clickbait and the way to maximize views, it would be great if the media went back to actually doing their job and reporting on things in the proper way. It is our job to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted—high-fiving a drunk-driving Barbie jeep aficionado is not the way to go. Do better media.