The BBC is facing some intense criticism from around the world after a well-known sports presenter made sexist remarks about Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli.
Stories that would have otherwise focused solely on Bartoli’s straight-set victory over Sabine Lisicki instead included details of BBC presenter John Inverdale’s insensitive comments.
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He said during the broadcast:
“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 Sharapova, so you have to be scrappy and fight'?"
Twitter exploded with angry tennis fans who took offense to the comments. Deadspin’s Sam Eifling took Inverdale to task for the comments
Inverdale did the common jackasses one better, though. His didn't just poke fun at — nicely!— a woman's appearance before a world audience. He also pinned this hypothetical motivator on her father.
The BBC apologized for the comments, but it felt pretty weak. From the Telegraph
(Inverdale) later tried to make amends by saying: “We poked fun, in a nice way, about how she looks ... but Marion Bartoli is an incredible role model.”
After being asked about Inverdale’s comments a BBC spokesman said last night: “We accept that this remark was insensitive and for that we apologise.”
Bartoli handled the flap with nothing but class. After her match, she told Le Parisien: “I invite this journalist to come and see me in a ball gown and heels, and, in my opinion, I think he may change his mind.”
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