David Custer Causes Twitter Uproar for Depicting Co-Anchor as Prostitute in Pretty Woman

By Aneya Fernando 


David Custer, an anchor at Saginaw, Mich., CBS affiliate WNEM, swears he was just trying to make a joke when he tweeted the photo at right (click to enlarge), depicting himself as Richard Gere and his co-anchor Meg McLeod as Julia Roberts, the prostitute in Pretty Woman.

Let’s just say, it didn’t go over well on Twitter:


Custer’s response to his critics wasn’t great, either:

“Aren’t news anchors ‘prostitutes’ for their show? A balancing act for ratings and survival?” he asked, in a now-deleted tweet.

After more backlash, Custer deleted the offending tweet, writing:

This doesn’t really sound like he’s truly sorry, more like he’s being forced to apologize.

There’s been no word from WNEM management as of yet.

[h/t Jim Romenesko]