BBC Reporter Makes Sexist Remark About Wimbledon Champ
First-time Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli should be celebrating her success at the all England Tennis Club.
Instead, she is having to defend her looks after a BBC reporter made an uncalled-for remark about her.
Radio Five Alive's John Inverdale said that Bartoli's father probably told her, “You’re never going to be a looker – you’ll never be a Sharapova – so you have to be scrappy and fight."
How insulting is that? The response on Twitter went from outraged to plain nastiness towards the 28-year-old.
Venus and Serena Williams have always had to put up with snide asides about their looks from the time they started playing tennis. Both have been accused of looking too 'manly' or playing like men, especially when they defeated the likes of Maria Sharapova or Anna Kournikova who just so happened to be cover-girl blondes.
They managed to parlay their success into a reality TV show, documentaries about their lives, and started their own businesses.
Some people may be making fun of Bartoli's looks, but in the end she'll have the last laugh. She's no doubt happy and more successful than most of her superficial detractors will ever be.
What's more, there is no uniform code for attractiveness. Dean Martin, that smooth-singing sage said it best, Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime.
So keep personal preferences out of reporting when it has nothing to do with the event.