In today's Irish Times there is an article TV commentator's remarks kick off sexism storm - The Irish Times - Thu, Jan 10, 2013 about comments made by a sports commentator, Brent Musburger, about the girlfriend of one of the players. These are the remarks:
In the first quarter, ESPN showed McCarron’s girlfriend, Katherine Webb, who was sitting near his parents. Musburger called the 23-year-old Webb, the current Miss Alabama, a “lovely lady” and “beautiful”, and said to his broadcast partner, Kirk Herbstreit, a former quarterback at Ohio State, “You quarterbacks get all the good-looking women.”
“AJ’s doing some things right,” Herbstreit replied.
Musburger, 73, then said, “If you’re a youngster in Alabama, start getting the football out and throw it around the back yard with Pop.”
In response, a professor of journalism at Michigan State University, Sue Carter, made the following criticism of Musburger's remarks:
“In this instance, the appearance of the quarterback’s girlfriend had no bearing on the outcome of the game. It’s a major personal violation, and it’s so retrograde that it’s embarrassing. I think there’s a generational issue, but it’s incumbent on people practising in these eras to keep up and this is not a norm.”
Various comments have been made about Musburger's remarks that include words like 'creepy', 'awkward', and the fabulous 'heteronormative'. What a crock of sh1t. A man with good taste (cf the photo in the IT) makes innocent and complimentary remarks about a beautiful woman and this irrelevant rubbish is spouted across the US media. I've created threads on equality of opportunity and esteem for women and I've trenchantly argued for those rights. However, this sh1tstorm is grotesque, unbelievable, bizarre and unprecedented. It would be completely laughable if it didn't embarrass an innocent man and do a great disservice to the equality agenda. As an aside, I'd love the name Brent Musburger - "Hi beautiful, I'm Brent Musburger, what's your name?"
Anyway, what do you think? Creepy? Awkward? Heteronormative?