‘Cover the Athlete’ campaign urges media to stop asking sexist questions
A viral parody video shows how male athletes might react if they were asked sexist questions their female counterparts often have to deal with.
Questions like: “Can you give us a twirl and tell us about your outfit?” Tennis star Eugenie Bouchard received that one after she won a match at the Australian Open earlier this year.
“Male sports coverage would never sound like this,” the video points out.
And if it did, the response would probably sound a lot like this: “What?…No, I’m out.”
Similar questions posed to male athletes in the video about body hair, their “girlish figure,” weight gain and hair show equally perplexed reactions.
It’s a safe bet to assume sports reporters wouldn’t dare ask male athletes anything so silly. So the #CovertheAthlete campaign is asking them to stop doing it to female athletes.
“It’s time to demand media coverage that focuses on the athlete and her performance, not her hair, clothes or body,” the video’s description reads.
The Toronto team behind the campaign also writes that the male athletes weren’t actually asked the questions in the video. Their responses were simply edited together from other interviews “to show how ridiculous it is that female athletes are asked these questions.”
Athletes aren’t the only ones subjected to this trend. Actresses, even astronauts, have shut down some pretty mind-numbing interviews in the past.
You can see more sexist comments that have been made about female athletes on CovertheAthlete.com
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