The Olympic Commentators have caught a lot of heat already about being sexist and not being experts on the sports on which they’re commenting. And while you have to hold them accountable for the sexism standards, you can’t blame them for not knowing too much about the sports. I mean how many certified fencing experts are there? This is 2016, duels aren’t exactly common anymore.
"I dare say the U.S. is jackin' it in the first quarter" is something I just heard an Olympic commentator say.
— Mike Benner (@benner) August 10, 2016
And while the commentators are sometimes hilarious, sometimes they are also a bit misguided. They may not be deliberately sexist but there was one instance when a Hungarian swimmer won gold and the camera panned to her husband and the commentator said “and there’s the man responsible”. They even showed her husband in a split screen shot as she was swimming.
Wow, amazing performance from Hosszu's husband, who coached her to this 200m victory.
— Prof Jeff Harambe (@ProfJeffJarviss) August 10, 2016
I don’t really know what to say except, maybe, nobody cares about her husband. There’s no Olympic event entitled “most enthusiastic spouse”. Get him off my television.
ok but I need someone who supports me like this !!!! https://t.co/gYFHAjsOvz
— Morgan D'Lee (@sadsquadch) August 7, 2016
I wonder if during the men’s wrestling competition they’ll show their wives and say “and there she is, the woman responsible”. (spoiler, they won’t).
"An unbelievable 5,000 crystals, costing $1200 a piece." Olympic commentator on the gymnasts leotards… Aka a mediocre horse show outfit…
— Darcy (@acvino) August 10, 2016
Or there’s even this post from the Chicago Tribune that fails to mention the Dana Vollmer’s name
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) August 7, 2016
Here’s one explanation of the Rio Olympic Commentator debacle so far. Though it still doesn’t seem to make much sense.
This is incredibly insulting to women, and bad business. 2016 = raw feeds in real time, on digital platforms. pic.twitter.com/YMSdaRF3w7
— Jennifer Fiore (@jennifer_fiore) August 6, 2016
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