Feminism | Posted by Eliza V on 01/29/2016
It’s Time To Stop Excusing Sexism As A “Joke.”
Mel McLaughlin, a well-known and respected Australian sports commentator, was recently tasked with conducting a post-match interview with cricketer Chris Gayle. The reporter asked professional, thoughtful questions about the match — which Gayle ignored. The athlete instead took the opportunity to comment on McLaughlin’s appearance.
“Don’t blush, baby,” he said after asking her out on the air, commenting on her eyes, and making a number of other inappropriate comments. Although clearly uncomfortable, McLaughlin remained extremely professional throughout the ordeal. She ignored Gayle’s comments and asked more questions about the match. Unfortunately, her professionalism did little to deter Gayle from continuing to make unwanted advances.
After the clip aired, many expressed outrage on social media and Gayle’s own club even reprimanded him. But Gayle hardly …