By The Spotter
A certain host, who a few months back took part in a vitriolic exchange with that jurassic artefact, aka ‘The Man in the Stand’ on the viability of netball as a professional sport, was at it again yesterday in showing his generally medieval disposition towards the opposite sex.
It all went something like this: After a cogent, reasoned discussion with guest Dale Budge on the merits of Shaun Johnson at the Warriors, mine host just could not help himself at the conclusion as he passed thoughts on how beautiful he thought Budge’s partner was (she was in the studio at the time). He then proceeded to inform Budge just how lucky Budge was to have, in effect, landed her. The inference was that Budge was out of her league.
The above is perhaps not so bad in itself, but our man then got a bit carried away in pondering aloud the chances of securing a hug with her (good grief), and then rounded off his fascination by dedicating and playing Joe Cocker’s rendition of ‘You are so beautiful’.
Was that professional behaviour when live on a supposedly serious Radio station? Fairly borderline, you would have thought. Even if it were in jest. Not to mention it sounded damned sleazy.
Something to ponder: If a female were directing those comments towards a male in exactly the same scenario, would anyone bat an eyelid? Possibly not. But to have followed through on the initial comments and dedicate that song live on air to another man’s wife during a sports talkshow was just plain weird. And it smacked somewhat of misogyny.
Is this really what we expect of our talkback hosts? I’ll leave that one to you.