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?

SantanaLopez Sat 08-Feb-14 20:01:36

I am interpreting it as the BBC sticking two fingers up to that sort of homophobic shite.

I may be optimistic, but hey ho.

Peekingduck Sat 08-Feb-14 20:02:53

I agree with you Op.

yegodsandlittlefishes Sat 08-Feb-14 20:03:55

Yes, why shouldn't she? Have you seen the Channel 4 advert? Did you see them all wearing rainbows in the opening ceremony (check out the German outfits)!

JessePinkmanIsMine Sat 08-Feb-14 20:04:10

Yanbu. You could look at it that staying home and not doing it would be giving in to them and their homophobic laws.

VashtaNerada Sat 08-Feb-14 20:05:18

I see their point but it's much better that we have LGBT people in prominent positions than hide them away IMO.

harriet247 Sat 08-Feb-14 20:05:57

I think she is incredably brave,good for her.

colleysmill Sat 08-Feb-14 20:07:54

I can't remember exactly what she said but she spoke quite eloquently about it on last weeks Last Leg.

LadyBeagleEyes Sat 08-Feb-14 20:08:20

Good for her. She's an openly gay woman not being intimidated by those disgusting laws.
Should she just stay at home and hide?
A lot braver for her to go IMO.

CosyTeaBags Sat 08-Feb-14 20:09:29

I think she can make more impact going there, doing a great job, and sticking two fingers up to them, than staying home in protest.. the Russians aren't going to notice if she's not there but they MAY notice that an openly gay presenter from the prestigious and world famous BBC is there.

She's ace.

stiffstink Sat 08-Feb-14 20:10:48

She was on The One Show and explained that it would be of no consequence to Russia if she didn't go.

But, it will be a poke in the eye to Russia for one of the BBC's main presenters to be out and be seen to be the face of the BBC coverage.

I agree with her. Putin wouldn't give a shit if she was sat at home drinking wine in her pyjamas. What good would that do?

Rooners Sat 08-Feb-14 20:11:40


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.

I think it's a good thing - sorry for shouting. Trying to emphasise rather than silence everyone else smile

I thought she sold out when she hopped on a train to Paris to interview Mike Tyson and help him promote his book and tour. He was barred from entering the UK because of his rape conviction. That's why CB had to travel to him - with much fanfare and excitement about it on twitter.

YouTheCat Sat 08-Feb-14 20:12:48

She is doing an excellent job as always and is flipping Putin the bird whilst she does it.

sneakyday Sat 08-Feb-14 20:14:01

Her take on it was

"They dont want me there because of who I am, so that is it I am going!"

Good for her. I luffs her

I luffs Claire, she is great at what she does. As stiffstink says, no one in Russia would care if she stayed at home: she makes more of a statement in going and carrying on with her job.

Rooners Sat 08-Feb-14 20:14:53

She doesn't have to be doing it as a protest though or flipping anyone anything.

It's a non issue. If it were me I wouldn't give a fucking stuff about policies and offence and other people's ideas about my sexuality in general.

I bloody love her anyway though

PestoStormissimos Sat 08-Feb-14 20:15:44

She is doing an amazing job as always, and maybe the Olympics with all its diversity will be the 'wake-up' call Russia needs smile

YouTheCat Sat 08-Feb-14 20:16:29

In this country, it's a non-issue. But it isn't in Russia at the moment.

What cosy said. I think the fact that she's the face of the Beeb has HUGE clout internationally.

But to answer the OP - I think she's doing the right thing by being an out lesbian at the winter games.

ToffeeOwnsTheSausage Sat 08-Feb-14 20:19:42

She is doing her job and if she hadn't have gone she would have been giving in to homophobic fuckwits.

There is nothing wrong with being gay and everyone needs to get that if they haven't already.

ComposHat Sat 08-Feb-14 20:21:48

I don't see why she by virtue of being gay should be singled out. Surely it is beholden on us all to tackle homophobia.

Rooners Sat 08-Feb-14 20:22:24

Sorry, I don't mean it's a non issue for everyone else. Just that if it were me in her position, it would be a non issue. I'd just want to get on with it iyswim.

Rooners Sat 08-Feb-14 20:22:49

And what Compos said.

(nice to see you!)

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'


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

Rooners Mon 10-Feb-14 09:57:34

Thanks Compos smile

ComposHat Mon 10-Feb-14 09:59:43

That's alright rooners I luffs you besty

Rooners Mon 10-Feb-14 10:12:14


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