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“But you’re a woman:” Female cruise ship captain tastefully blasts sexist, brainless commenters

By Lee Cleveland - June 26, 2023

In a male-dominated industry like the maritime sector, women often face gender bias and stereotypes that question their competence and capabilities. However, one ship captain recently proved that such notions have no place in the modern world.

Kate McCue, a cruise ship captain for Celebrity Cruises, recently responded with a perfect clap back when someone questioned her ability to do her job based on her gender. Kate, who shares her experiences and information about her job on social media, often receives questions from her followers. However, occasionally she encounters rude comments, including sexist remarks.

In a TikTok video, Kate addressed a comment that questioned how she could be a ship captain as a woman. With wit and confidence, she corrected the commenter’s grammar while shutting down their sexist and ignorant perspective.

Kate emphasized the importance of knowing the difference between “you’re” and “your” and pointed out their misuse. She then humorously stated that she could be found in her captain’s chair if the commenter needed further clarification.

“Normally as I’m scrolling through comments and I see something like this, I totally ignore it and move on with my life,” Kate says in the TikTok video. “But I think it’s about high time that I address this because it’s 2020 and in this day and age, I’m shocked that someone still doesn’t know the difference between ‘you’re’ and ‘your.’

“So, just a quick reference. You’re as in you are, like, ‘You are sexist.’ Your is something possessive. It belongs you to, like your ignorance. But don’t worry; I’m here for you. If you need any more clarification…” At this point, she backs up and sits in her captain’s chair and continues: “…You can find me here, in my captain’s chair.”

Kate’s response not only garnered praise but also highlighted her ability to handle internet bullies with grace. The video quickly gained popularity, amassing millions of views on TikTok and Twitter, where it was reposted with admiration.

Kate’s accomplishment as the first American woman to captain a giant cruise ship further solidified her status as a badass not to be messed with.


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In addition to her impressive career, Kate brings her cat, Bug, with her on her cruises, adding to her unique and captivating story. She has always dreamt of being a cruise ship captain since her father introduced the idea to her at the age of 12. Through her social media presence, Kate aims to inspire others and demonstrate the multitude of opportunities available in her line of work.

Despite encountering occasional trolls and outdated beliefs, Kate remains focused on sharing her exciting experiences and promoting positivity. Her ability to swiftly handle negativity and move forward exemplifies her resilience as a captain and an empowering figure for others.

In a world where trolls and negativity can be all too common, Kate McCue stands tall as a beacon of strength, resilience, and empowerment. She continues to inspire others with her remarkable story and unwavering determination.

As she confidently navigates the waters as a cruise ship captain, Kate reminds us all that gender stereotypes have no place in defining one’s abilities and dreams.


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