When an average looking man wins a major sporting event, how often do you see anyone commenting on his looks? Yet if a woman wins one, that’s all some sexist jerks can think of!
Does this woman look “fat” or “ugly” to you?! WHY? She looks NORMAL!
WIMBLEDON, England — The BBC apologized after one of its commentators criticized newly crowned Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli’s looks.
The Telegraph reported that after Bartoli defeated Sabine Lisicki in Saturday’s final, John Inverdale asked listeners on BBC Radio, “Do you think Bartoli’s dad told her when she was little, ‘You’re never going to be a looker? You’ll never be a [Maria] Sharapova, so you have to be scrappy and fight.’”
The comment created a firestorm on social media and the BBC was inundated with complaints. Inverdale attempted a halfhearted apology, according to The Telegraph, saying, “We poked fun, in a nice way, about how she looks … but Marion Bartoli is an incredible role model.”
Yeah, that’s not an apology.
The BBC later issued a statement apologizing for Inverdale’s remarks.
“We accept that this remark was insensitive and for that we apologize,” a spokesman said.
Bartoli’s father, Walter, who served as her coach from childhood until this year, was told of the remarks and responded with class.
“I am not angry,” Bartoli said, according to The Telegraph. “She is my beautiful daughter.”
As for Inverdale, he appeared to face no immediate sanction from the BBC. Later Saturday, he was back hosting the BBC’s nightly Wimbledon wrap-up show.
UPDATE: Inverdale said Sunday that he wrote Bartoli a letter of apology. In response to his on-air comments, Bartoli reportedly said: ”It doesn’t matter, honestly. I am not blonde, yes. That is a fact. Have I dreamt about having a model contract? No. I’m sorry. But have I dreamed about winning Wimbledon? Absolutely, yes. And to share this moment with my dad was absolutely amazing and I am so proud of it.”
Look, I am in favor of freedom of speech as much as anyone else, but when you are on a public broadcasting outlet and you make sexist remarks that millions of people can hear, you should face some consequences. Inverdale should have been fired. I’m sure a lot of people out there never want to hear from him again and the BBC needs to clean up its tarnished image.
- Sexist Sportscaster Criticizes Wimbledon Winner Marion Bartoli’s “Losing” Looks (newsfixnow.com)
- Over 600 complain about Inverdale comments (itv.com)
- Bartoli ‘Not a Looker’ but a Winner (guardianlv.com)
- Take that John Inverdale! Smashing Marion Bartoli silences ‘insensitive’ presenter (standard.co.uk)