BBC announcer comments on tennis champion's physical appearance, sparks debate

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  • Speaking_Out SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 12, 2013 12:58 p.m.

    After reading the review comments I had the impression that what the announcer said had to be totally shocking and inappropriate. Then I listened to the actually recording of the announcer's statement. My conclusion is that while his comment was ill-advised and could have been hurtful to Ms. Bartoli and her father, I really think the vitriolic criticism from all of those who are so ready to judge and crucify people for their comments is the result of hyper-sensitivity and a lack of thoughtful consideration of what and how things were said. You should disassociate yourselves from being HATERS and accept that there is more than one way to interpret what the announcer was trying to say. What I heard was a man musing aloud about whether or not at some point Bartoli, as a little girl suffering from a lack of confidence and low self-esteem (for any number of reasons) was reassured of her worth and potential by a father who loved her very much. I know this sounds perverse, but I actually think he was paying Bartoli and her father a compliment. Short, unattractive people do have to work harder in life--admit it.

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    July 12, 2013 1:26 a.m.

    @Mom of 8

    You said - "We've really learned nothing as a society, have we? Women are STILL hopelessly judged primarily on appearance."

    Sad, but true.

    July 11, 2013 8:41 p.m.

    Daughter and her father both demonstrate class. Now, that is real beauty.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    July 11, 2013 7:51 p.m.

    This announcer has a misguided compass on life it appears.

  • kswiss Norman, OK
    July 11, 2013 7:50 p.m.

    Bartoli is laughing at this scrub all the way to the bank. Her 2.4 million prize money in that one tournament is probably about how much he'll make for his whole career.

  • Wildfan Ogden, UT
    July 11, 2013 5:28 p.m.

    That was absolutely shameful, to make that comment, and I'm glad she and her father responded with such grace. A father always KNOWS his daughter is gorgeous!

    I remember a few years back one of the female commentators called Sampras a nerd, saying that he looked like the kid who won the science fair, not an athlete. She was also joking, but no outcry. I guess it can go both ways.

  • Mom of 8 Hyrum, UT
    July 11, 2013 5:22 p.m.

    We've really learned nothing as a society, have we? Women are STILL hopelessly judged primarily on appearance.

    Thank goodness my husband fell in love with my "scrappiness," because I'm no Wimbledon looker, either. Women should be judged on intelligence, ability, kindness, goodness and nothing else.

    This tennis player is a very attractive woman, and it has nothing to do with her looks.

  • JLFuller Boise, ID
    July 11, 2013 4:28 p.m.

    If the lady's pic is accurate, she looks just fine. However, if the BBC broadcasters look in the mirror... Mmmmm maybe I won't say that. The uber politically correct Deseret News editors would have a cow.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    July 11, 2013 4:19 p.m.

    I hope he is roundly reprimanded for his irrelevant and rude comments. If he doesn't respond appropriately or if he re-offends, he should have to play her in tennis or be fired.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    July 11, 2013 3:32 p.m.

    Are such comments voiced about male athletes?

  • Eric Samuelsen Provo, UT
    July 11, 2013 3:04 p.m.

    I saw her match. Her tennis was beautiful. Her smile when she won was dazzling. I was thrilled for her.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 11, 2013 12:58 p.m.

    I believe much of the appeal of tennis as a spectator sport lies in the behaviour and aesthetics of the players. I'm not saying that's right, but I do believe it to be true.