To think Clare Balding is just doing her job?

(53 Posts)
louloutheshamed Sat 08-Feb-14 20:00:29

Twitter trolls are
Accusing wor Clare of selling out by covering the winter Olympics despite Russia's poor record on gay rights.

Aibu to think she is perfectly entitled to do her job, especially as she does it so brilliantly?

YouTheCat Sat 08-Feb-14 20:23:36

I reckon the bbc commentary team should all wear rainbow colours on their shirts.

ComposHat Sat 08-Feb-14 20:24:32

Cheers, you too!

Debs75 Sat 08-Feb-14 20:26:52

I think she is a brilliant woman who is great at her job. She did the summer and para Olympic coverage and was great to watch. If she wasn't doing the winter ones I would see it as a big blow. She isn't afraid of Puny Putin and is proud to stand up for her rights and do her job.

<<I luff her a bit too>>

fortyplus Sat 08-Feb-14 20:29:36

Why should Clare boycott the games any more than anyone else from a British tv station? I don't care about her sexuality one way or the other - she does a great job and should be there sending the message to Russia that people's private lives are their own business - it's what they do in public that counts. If anything it's great that an openly gay person is being seen to be competent, popular etc and loved by her public whether gay or straight.

letsgotostonehenge Sat 08-Feb-14 20:31:30

can i just say I like the word 'beholden' smile

Bowlersarm Sat 08-Feb-14 20:32:34

She is just excellent, and can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned.

MrsDeVere Sat 08-Feb-14 20:33:39

She is an openly gay woman who is going to Russia and doing her job despite Putin being a rabid homophobe

I have more respect for gay people going out there than heterosexuals who have nothing to lose. The Russians want straight people there, they are being welcomed.

I am a straight woman, I am not going to criticise a gay woman (or any of the other gay people out there) for the choices she makes

I would have preferred for the games to be totally boycotted. Cancelled or moved elsewhere. But that was never going to happen.

lljkk Sat 08-Feb-14 20:36:35

She loves sport & she loves her job. It's her decision. She doesn't have to make her every move a political statement. (I don't even like CB, but I don't see why her sexuality has to be relevant to her job decisions).

Did anyone hear discussion last night on ... Radio 5? Someone asked what is the difference between the Russian law and Section 28 that Maggie T. brought in. Can anyone comment, what IS the difference other than 30 yrs?

lemonmuffin Sat 08-Feb-14 21:01:54

Of course she is.

she is doing a great job.

mistermakersgloopyglue Sat 08-Feb-14 21:32:09

God, I had totally forgotten she was gay! I agree with everyone else, what a great way to stick two fingers up to Putin and the rife homophobia over there.

LittleBonnie Sat 08-Feb-14 21:50:30

Luffs her too!!

Clare being the BBC face of the games shows the world that BBC and the people of Britain have great presenters regardless of sexuality.

She has totally risen above the controversy and shows great class and professionalism.

muffinino82 Sat 08-Feb-14 22:59:33

What she is DOING is EXACTLY what makes the Russian stance so pathetic. Getting on with HER JOB regardless of other people's prejudice, because their prejudice is simply NOT RELEVANT.

This, exactly. I disagree with boycotting and think it's far better that Balding and her American counterparts such as Brian Boitano and Johnny Weir go to Sochi to demonstrate that their sexuality makes no odds as to how well they do their job. Refusing to attend is lending credence to Russia's stance, whereas attending regardless is brave imo.

ComposHat Sat 08-Feb-14 23:06:54

I reckon the bbc commentary team should all wear rainbow colours on their shirts

Yes and Des Lynam should snog Steve Ryder's face off to the strains of Diana Ross's' I'm coming out'

Bollox

Go Clare. Best to be there and visible than home and shouting.

She ain't straight is she wherever she is? It's called professionalism.

I come from Sochi (althoigh I don't live in Russia now) am glad that she's come. It shows that despite the Russian homophobia etc; that it is stupid and irrelevant and that she won't allow it to affect her going about her life.

I take it you've all seen Channel 4's logo rebrand?

Courtesy of Claire's Twitter feed

Rooners Sun 09-Feb-14 08:07:49

What's with all the 'luff' stuff? Are people a bit worried about saying love these days?

prh47bridge Sun 09-Feb-14 10:37:09

what is the difference between the Russian law and Section 28

Section 28 prevented LAs promoting homosexuality and schools teaching it as an acceptable "pretended family relationship". Russian law prevents anyone distributing information to minors promoting homosexuality. So Russian law is more widespread in its application. Section 28 did not prevent gay groups distributing literature to or running events for young people. Russian law does prevent such activities.

Both are wrong.

Alexchallex Mon 10-Feb-14 08:13:41

Good for her. Who are we to tell her what or what not to do just because of her sexuality. Hi Claire I have decided that because of their beliefs, you cannot work or visit the following countries....

BeckAndCall Mon 10-Feb-14 08:17:45

And good on Channel Four for the rainbow rebrand! Thanks for the link, frankie

Sadoldbag Mon 10-Feb-14 08:19:59

I think she is just doing her job

However I would have liked to see some rainbow earrings or nails or something just to show them there twats

ComposHat Mon 10-Feb-14 08:24:16

rooners luffs is the ltest knowingly twee affectation to hit these boards. Joining 'school night' 'besties' & 'sleeps' in the lexicon of mimsy shite.

Sadoldbag Mon 10-Feb-14 08:24:43

poster prh47bridge. lots Russia has also band any international adoption between any country which allows gay marriage or civil partnerships which is pretty much every western country Putin would even allow the adoptions that were already in the pipeline to go ahead before when the ban came in place

Don't effect the uk that much because we have good domestic adoption however he has very much damaged relations with Denmark and Sweden who had a few hundred adoption sighned off and were the children literarily had bags backed waiting to travel

Also we may not promote in schools the uk unlike Russia dose not sanction people hunting gays for fun like some type of sport

perplexedpirate Mon 10-Feb-14 08:25:02

Before we all cheer Channel 4, can I point out that they've cut a same-sex kiss from versions of the Gay Mountain video, which strikes me as extremely hypocritical. I've tweeted them asking why but no response.

Claire Balding is great though!

Joysmum Mon 10-Feb-14 08:26:17

Wow, I'd forgotten all about Section 28. How quickly, I, and others in this country, forget blush

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