So Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli aint a looker…. according to BBC presenter John Inverdale.
These are his pearls of wisdom
Inverdale told listeners: “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’?
And the BBC apologised for Inverdale’s sexism.
I wonder if Inverdale will be making the same comments about, for example, Andy Murray today. Something like, “Do you think Murray’s dad told him when he was little that you’re never going to be a looker, you’ll never be Rafael Nadal”….
Somehow, methinks, not!
Yet Inverdale thinks it’s acceptable to reduce and objectify a skilled and competent champion like Bartoli to her looks. But then this isn’t the first the BBC has exposed its institutional sexism…. Back in 2009…
Women tennis players who were considered “lookers”… got first dibs on centre court regardless of skill, ranking and so on. Interesting, back in 2009, they relegated no. 2 seed (as she was back then) Serena Williams to Court No. 2… Mixture of racism and sexism going on there. Apparently, getting on Centre Court (in 2009) it was about being a “Brit or Babe”….
It’s all about ratings, gratification and titillation. Nothing about skill or expertise. The BBC and All England Club behave like they are stuck in the 1950s….
Coz it seems to be about pretty white women.