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.
@Mom of 8You said - "We've really learned nothing as a
society, have we? Women are STILL hopelessly judged primarily on
appearance."Sad, but true.
Daughter and her father both demonstrate class. Now, that is real beauty.
This announcer has a misguided compass on life it appears.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Are such comments voiced about male athletes?Nope.
I saw her match. Her tennis was beautiful. Her smile when she won was
dazzling. I was thrilled for her.
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.