Sexist coverage steals the show at 2016 Olympics

Sexist coverage steals the show at 2016 Olympics



Welcome to the Wide World of Sexism,
where we judge Olympic sexist coverage as a sport. The field is really looking strong this year. Let's take a look at some of our best competitors. Up first, here's Adam Kreek from the CBC, talking about Canadian tennis player
Eugenie Bouchard. And he describes her as "not being a competitor"
because she posts selfies with toothpaste. She's posting pictures with herself, she's holding up the toothpaste,
and she's trying out different hairstyles, and maybe she wants something different
than to be a competitor. It's definitely impressive to claim that a
female athlete who has dedicated her entire life to her sport may not be interested in "competing.” But he could have made his sexism more explicit by … I don't know, asking her to twirl after
she achieved a huge feat like winning a match at the Australian Open
or something. Can you give us a twirl and tell us about
your outfit? Next, watch this unnamed NBC commentator talking about the US female gymnastics team. They might as well be standing in the middle
of a mall. Ah, a classic sexist/ageist combo there. He's suggesting that these teenage girls
belong in malls, not destroying the competition on an
international stage. But he could've racked up a few more points,
maybe making his accusation a little more explicit with a Forever 21 mention. While we wait for the next competitor, I would be remiss if I didn't mention a new,
emerging discipline: Olympic Bro Appropriating A discipline where a female athlete's success is repackaged and presented as a male one. Like Dan Hicks representing NBC after Hungary's Katinka Hosszú shattered
the world record and won the 400-meter individual medley. And there's the guy responsible for turning Katinka Hosszú, his wife,
into a whole different swimmer. Coming up next is the Chicago Tribune,
who have entered in tweet form. Impressive. This comment makes no mention of
this female athlete's name or the sport that she plays. That is ace dehumanization. And here comes John Inverdale
representing the BBC. He's somewhat of a veteran of the sport, attempted a backhanded body-shaming
comment in 2013, but let's see if he can take his sexist commentary
to the next level this time. You're the first person ever to win two
Olympic tennis gold medals. That's an extraordinary feat, isn't it? No hesitation! Well, to defend the singles title. Um, I think Venus and Serena have won about
four each. Ouch. Get out the rye bread and mustard, Grandma, it is grand salami sexism time. I mean, that play deserves a standing ovation. Asking a man to take credit for a record that
two women have already broken, I mean, male privilege of steel. The next contestant looks like a headline
describing Katie Ledecky setting a new world record in the women's
800-meter freestyle, becoming the first woman to win gold in the
200-, 400-, and 800-meter freestyle races since 1968. But his article put that second to a silver
by Michael Phelps. Even when women come in first,
the media puts them second. And here's Mercury News. They're really the Cinderella story of Olympic
sexism. This tweet refers to gold medal champion
Simone Manuel like Donald Trump refers to his black supporters. Look at my African American over here. Look at him. He just wanted it more. But the last contestant is really a collaboration
between many, many news organizations having just some flawlessly demeaning debates,
like whether an Olympic athlete got breast implants, or racially charged debates about an athlete's
hair, and energetic yet slightly Islamophobic
segments exoticizing hijabs. But structural sexism takes collaboration. I mean, it really takes a village. A recent study that looked at over 160 million
words within the domain of sport demonstrated “higher levels of infantilising
or traditionalist language for women in sport.” But then again, what do we expect when
90 percent of sports editors are white and the same proportion are male. But things are changing, and newsrooms are
becoming more and more diverse, which would hopefully mean that shows
like The Wide World of Sexism would become completely obsolete. Until then, join us tomorrow night for our
special edition of "Is it a burqa or a bikini?" Let's just definitely not call it what it
is — which is a hijab. Also, who the f*** cares?

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