No sooner had French tennis player Marion Bartoli won the Wimbledon championship when BBC Radio 5 Live presenter John Inverdale made the following disgusting commentary:
“I just wonder if her dad, because he has obviously been the most influential person in her life, did say to her when she was 12, 13, 14 maybe, ‘listen, you are never going to be, you know, a looker.
“You are never going to be somebody like a Sharapova, you’re never going to be 5ft 11, you’re never going to be somebody with long legs, so you have to compensate for that.”
“You are going to have to be the most dogged, determined fighter that anyone has ever seen on the tennis court if you are going to make it’, and she kind of is.”
Is this guy and the BBC for real? Although both the presenter and the BBC have apologised hardly a week goes by without an apology of some sort and I am starting to feel quite ashamed of the BBC and the image it portrays about Brits to the rest of the world.
Upon hearing about the remarks Marion responded rather aptly:
“It doesn’t matter, honestly. I am not blonde, yes. That is a fact. Have I dreamt about having a model contract? No. I’m sorry,” she said.
“But have I dreamed about winning Wimbledon? Absolutely, yes.”