Monday, July 08, 2013
BBC's grovelling apology over slur: Wimbledon commentator mocks champion's looks
The sportswoman concerned is rather plain-looking so the broadcaster was probably echoing what many thought. Why is that wrong? Wouldn't it be better for everybody to accept reality?
BBC presenter John Inverdale provoked fury yesterday after making a disparaging remark about the physical appearance of Women’s singles champion Marion Bartoli.
Speaking on Radio 5 Live, he posed the question: ‘Do you think Bartoli’s dad told her when she was little, “You’re never going to be a looker?”’
Bartoli’s father immediately rushed to her defence and the BBC was forced to apologise.
Inverdale later tried to backtrack during the broadcast by saying: ‘We poked fun, in a nice way, about how she looks, but Marion Bartoli is an incredible role model.’
A BBC spokesman said: ‘We accept that this remark was insensitive and for that we apologise.’