3 infuriating examples of sexist Olympic coverage
The Olympics are underway--yay!--and with only a few days in, the coverage has been deemed pretty sexist by many onlookers.
The competition began on Friday, and so far there have been many questionable incidents involving NBC and the Chicago Tribune.
Getting ready to catch up on my DVR of NBC's "Women Aren't People" Olympics coverage.
— Nick Rees (@fakenickrees) August 8, 2016
Up first: NBC sportscaster Dan Hicks basically credited Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu's record-breaking win to her husband, Shane Tusup. Tusup is also Hosszu's coach, BTW, and immediately following her win, cameras panned to him and the commentator said, "There's the man responsible." Seriously.
Wait what did I just watch? Hosszu smashes WR & NBC cuts to husband coach w/ "and there's the person responsible for her performance"?!??
— Cameron Esposito (@cameronesposito) August 7, 2016
"There's the man responsible for turning his wife into an entirely new swimmer..." REALLY, NBC?
— Charlotte Wilder (@TheWilderThings) August 7, 2016
OK, so Hosszú (swimmer) shatters a world record by 2 seconds, and NBC's broadcaster gives the credit to her husband and coach. WTF? #Sexism
— Tim Gibson (@timgibson) August 7, 2016
Then, there was an incident with a tweet from The Chicago Tribune. When Corey Cogdell-Unrein won a bronze medal in women's trap shooting, they posted a tweet saying, "Wife of a Bears' lineman wins a bronze medal."
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) August 7, 2016
Now that she's won an Olympic medal, maybe she'll be allowed to get a name of her very own. https://t.co/wRKQJU8kr4
— Rob Silver (@RobSilver) August 7, 2016
— It's All Bad (@SaltPotatoes) August 8, 2016
Then, there was the time when a commentator belittled the US women's gymnastics team after they completely crushed the competition in the qualifying round. He said they looked like they “might as well be standing in the middle of a mall” as they were talking, laughing, and celebrating their performances.
— Maddie Sweeney (@madswee) August 7, 2016
No, NBC anchor, those female gymnasts do not look like "they might as well be standing in the middle of a mall." They are at the Olympics. ?
— Natalie DiBlasio (@ndiblasio) August 7, 2016
— Wicked Ginny (@GinnyLurcock) August 7, 2016
These incidents highlight just how tough it is for female athletes to be taken seriously.
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Christina is a freelance writer from a tiny town in Southern Maryland who just can't seem to figure out whether others are being sarcastic or not. She has a degree in business communication, with a focus in writing, from Stevenson University, and has written things for Severna Park Voice, Maryland Film Festival, The Villager, and Hello Giggles. Follow her on twitter @tinaBUFF where she constantly overthinks her tweets, or read her medley of musings at touchinfinity.wordpress.com.