John Inverdale, for example ...

(155 Posts)
Wuldric Sun 07-Jul-13 09:45:08

Women get judged by how they look rather than by how they perform. This comment by John Inverdale has me seething. How is it even remotely acceptable in this day and age?

scallopsrgreat Sun 07-Jul-13 09:48:24

If you follow The Everday Sexism Project on Twitter or Facebook, have a look at their timeline. They have a compilation picture of twitter comments made about Marion Bartoli. I'll see if I can link. It seems that women are just objects for men's attraction.

But yes Inverdale is a nincompoop. And has form for this.

Wishfulmakeupping Sun 07-Jul-13 09:49:58

Just nearly started the exact same thread- it makes me feel so sad that in this day and age that this woman's achievement is belittled because the focus is on what she looks like. It's pathetic- I hope the bbc are seen to be taking appropriate action it seems that some sports broadcasters have real issues with successful females in sport- I'm still sickened by Richard keys and andy grey

scallopsrgreat Sun 07-Jul-13 09:51:27

Here is a link to the twitter pic

Wishfulmakeupping Sun 07-Jul-13 09:55:07

That's so awful scallops

scallopsrgreat Sun 07-Jul-13 10:00:24

They also have Bartoli's response to Inverdale

Asked about Inverdale's comments, Bartoli said: "It doesn't matter, honestly. Am not blonde, yes. That is a fact. Have I dreamt of having a model contract? No. I'm sorry.

But have I dreamt about winning Wimbledon? Absolutely, yes."

bemybebe Sun 07-Jul-13 10:00:36

Was looking to start this thread also... just fucking speechless. Again.

Wishfulmakeupping Sun 07-Jul-13 10:02:32

What a response though smile that pisses all over his comments love it

I was just about to post that about her response. Go Marion!

I don't know if this is controversial to say, but my interpretation of the point I think he was trying to make was that she clearly isn't tall with a long reach like some other players, so she'd need to go for a different tactic on the court...

But he revealed an innate prejudice by linking this rational and objective assessment of how she develops her training plans and game strategy to her attractiveness, didn't he angry

Kveta Sun 07-Jul-13 10:05:28

Am I missing something here? She looks perfectly normal and presentable to me! And is clearly an incredible sportswoman.

Wuldric Sun 07-Jul-13 10:08:51

I have complained to the BBC. Why should my licence fee be used to promote sexism?

bemybebe Sun 07-Jul-13 10:22:54

Totally Kveta. What just gave me the second rush of breathlessness is the supposed BBC apology.

A BBC spokesperson said: "We accept that this remark was insensitive and for that we apologise."

Insensitive?? WTF, go to fucking specsavers people!!

bemybebe Sun 07-Jul-13 10:25:28

Bartoli is obviously in top form just achievement her life goal. Can you say the same about yourself John Inverdale?

bemybebe Sun 07-Jul-13 10:26:06

achieved (not achievement obviously)

NicholasTeakozy Sun 07-Jul-13 10:26:08

I have to admit to cringing when he said all this and then he made things worse with every subsequent sentence. Why he couldn't just focus on her obvious skill and the many years of hard work that have gone into her achievement I have no idea.

I was upset about this too. I had a go at one of DH's friends last year because he said female cyclists have tree-trunk legs. I argued that they do not, they are toned and healthy and more to the point it isn't a fecking beauty parade. He is like many men (not my DH!) who is into the Kournikova type, submissive, girlie, get your kit off for FHM types. Female athletes all have different body shapes like normal people, but what matters is what they do, not how they look. It is always ugly men that make such comments, which makes it all the more annoying.

Crumbledwalnuts Sun 07-Jul-13 10:28:23

John Inverdale is an idiot of the highest order with a wind tunnel for a brain.

Yeah, BBC, you can shove your "insensitive" up your a...

soimpressed Sun 07-Jul-13 10:35:40

I can't believe that a presenter on the BBC can get away with making a comment like this.

Crumbledwalnuts Sun 07-Jul-13 10:35:42

I think the Beeb FULL of ostensibly right-on people who actually seethe with gender resentment and hatred, it's because they've had to be very pro-active about positive discrimination and equal rights and deep down inside the men hate it. Just my theory!

GetStuffezd Sun 07-Jul-13 10:37:12

It's the venom behind those twitter comments that gets me. What has this woman actually done to inspire such hatred? And if you really don't like the woman, why do negative comments have to be so sexually aggressive? It genuinely worries me.

nameequality Sun 07-Jul-13 10:42:25

John Inverdale has been basically saying this for days. I often listen to Wimbledon in the car on Five Live. I said to my DH a few days ago that he is having a go at Bartolli's appearance every chance he can get. Have just listened online to 4 July coverage -3 days ago! bbc.in/19DKr4T at 7m27 "you don't have to be 6 foot with a blond pony tail to get to the top"

FFS yes hair colour and style have no impact apart from on how John Inverdale rates their looks

nameequality Sun 07-Jul-13 10:43:07

<if you want to retweet the above follow me @name equality>

bemybebe Sun 07-Jul-13 11:00:41

The tweets are just scary. But it is BBC statement, the John Inverdate later comments that get me.

A BBC spokesperson said: "We accept that this remark was insensitive and for that we apologise."

Inverdale later said he had poked fun "in a nice way at how she looks".

He added: "She is an incredible role model for people who aren't born with all the attributes of natural athletes".

He is a professional sports commentator. BBC is supposedly the best. So so sad.

bemybebe Sun 07-Jul-13 11:05:46

And please, give me Mr Funny, Smart and Handsome to comment on big sport events. Even on the radio.

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