Sexist coverage steals the show at 2016 Olympics

Sexist coverage steals the show at 2016 Olympics

Welcome to the Wide World of Sexism,
where we judge Olympic sexist coverage as a sport. The field is really looking strong this year. Let’s take a look at some of our best competitors. Up first, here’s Adam Kreek from the CBC, talking about Canadian tennis player
Eugenie Bouchard. And he describes her as “not being a competitor”
because she posts selfies with toothpaste. She’s posting pictures with herself, she’s holding up the toothpaste,
and she’s trying out different hairstyles, and maybe she wants something different
than to be a competitor. It’s definitely impressive to claim that a
female athlete who has dedicated her entire life to her sport may not be interested in “competing.” But he could have made his sexism more explicit by … I don’t know, asking her to twirl after
she achieved a huge feat like winning a match at the Australian Open
or something. Can you give us a twirl and tell us about
your outfit? Next, watch this unnamed NBC commentator talking about the US female gymnastics team. They might as well be standing in the middle
of a mall. Ah, a classic sexist/ageist combo there. He’s suggesting that these teenage girls
belong in malls, not destroying the competition on an
international stage. But he could’ve racked up a few more points,
maybe making his accusation a little more explicit with a Forever 21 mention. While we wait for the next competitor, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a new,
emerging discipline: Olympic Bro Appropriating A discipline where a female athlete’s success is repackaged and presented as a male one. Like Dan Hicks representing NBC after Hungary’s Katinka Hosszú shattered
the world record and won the 400-meter individual medley. And there’s the guy responsible for turning Katinka Hosszú, his wife,
into a whole different swimmer. Coming up next is the Chicago Tribune,
who have entered in tweet form. Impressive. This comment makes no mention of
this female athlete’s name or the sport that she plays. That is ace dehumanization. And here comes John Inverdale
representing the BBC. He’s somewhat of a veteran of the sport, attempted a backhanded body-shaming
comment in 2013, but let’s see if he can take his sexist commentary
to the next level this time. You’re the first person ever to win two
Olympic tennis gold medals. That’s an extraordinary feat, isn’t it? No hesitation! Well, to defend the singles title. Um, I think Venus and Serena have won about
four each. Ouch. Get out the rye bread and mustard, Grandma, it is grand salami sexism time. I mean, that play deserves a standing ovation. Asking a man to take credit for a record that
two women have already broken, I mean, male privilege of steel. The next contestant looks like a headline
describing Katie Ledecky setting a new world record in the women’s
800-meter freestyle, becoming the first woman to win gold in the
200-, 400-, and 800-meter freestyle races since 1968. But his article put that second to a silver
by Michael Phelps. Even when women come in first,
the media puts them second. And here’s Mercury News. They’re really the Cinderella story of Olympic
sexism. This tweet refers to gold medal champion
Simone Manuel like Donald Trump refers to his black supporters. Look at my African American over here. Look at him. He just wanted it more. But the last contestant is really a collaboration
between many, many news organizations having just some flawlessly demeaning debates,
like whether an Olympic athlete got breast implants, or racially charged debates about an athlete’s
hair, and energetic yet slightly Islamophobic
segments exoticizing hijabs. But structural sexism takes collaboration. I mean, it really takes a village. A recent study that looked at over 160 million
words within the domain of sport demonstrated “higher levels of infantilising
or traditionalist language for women in sport.” But then again, what do we expect when
90 percent of sports editors are white and the same proportion are male. But things are changing, and newsrooms are
becoming more and more diverse, which would hopefully mean that shows
like The Wide World of Sexism would become completely obsolete. Until then, join us tomorrow night for our
special edition of “Is it a burqa or a bikini?” Let’s just definitely not call it what it
is — which is a hijab. Also, who the f*** cares?

100 Replies to “Sexist coverage steals the show at 2016 Olympics”

  1. I believe sexism is a problem especially in sports however this video went about displaying it the wrong way

  2. I like how the athlete at 2:05 didn't even think and immediately corrected the reporter by telling him about the other athletes who have more titles than him

  3. I agree with what your saying but you don't have to lower these athletes status by saying oh the reason they should be on the cover because they are women no they should be on there because they won and lets face it this happened to a lot of people including men

  4. good point, but there truly are some things that are not the result of sexism here. phelps gets the bigger headline? why? because he is known around the world somehow, thats how you sell a newspaper…

  5. And she took every single one of those comments so far out of their context its amazing. Let the man hating continue, and enjoy never having a woman in the whitehouse lmao

  6. There are some truths to this piece, but a lot of out of context reporting, a lot of misleading coverage and a great deal of hyperbole thrown about. I guess that puts it into the category of propaganda?

  7. Vox you're rocking it day in, day out. Subtle (or more like Miley Cyrus' wrecking ball) humour and strong iron in your irony. Love the way you presented this.

  8. 0:37 i think he meant that as she was competing for money. Would it be seixst if a woman said it about a man is the big question

  9. some triggered men in these comments, you can see the proof right in front of your eyes yet you still deny. lol when will things change

  10. How is the first one even sexist??? (Disliked, lol look at the ratio.) And the second one. And the third one. And the fourth one. You know what, every single one is not sexist, you're just butthurt by the small things. You don't see men rampaging the internet on why women can just look pretty and gain everything in life, while the man has to work for it do you?

  11. What does skin colour have to do with sexism against women. You can't just say its only women either, men are being attacked just as women are.

  12. Wow people, talk about getting your panties in a twist. Its called frustrated sarcasm. Stop being so delicate, Jesus

  13. The way this video was made doesn't make it more convincing.

    You wan't to get your message across.

    Make it serious and formal next time Vox.

  14. So I take it all the dislikes are from men who feel threatened that behaviour like this is being called out. It's so easy to shoot something down simply because it doesn't affect you right?

  15. I have no idea why every single video, or at least, most of what I watch that deal with things like gender equality and you know, feminism or things like that get an absurb number of DISLIKES.

  16. Dislikes by butt hurt people ….grow up peeps ! Females couldn't even vote not that long ago, you really think we have reached equality in 2018 ?

  17. What about the Tongan flag bearer. There's a video of female reporters rubbing oil onto his body and a headline that stated that his good looks kept them from making a good headline. Image if the gender roles were reversed where 40 year old men were rubbing oil onto a 20 year old female in a bikini. How is this not brought up?

  18. Sexism in woman's sports is a real thing, and I've had my acheivments discounted based on the fact I am a girl before.

  19. ???? I remember about half of these incidents when they occurred. I can laugh about them now but I was so annoyed when I watched the news coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics. These reporters, journalists and sports commentators need to be trained for how it to gender neutral and of course to not be sexist.

  20. I don't like when something not sexist get present as sexist one, but there, all the dislikes, for what? Like it is ok for u to be even named WIFE OF SOMEONE when YOU win a fckn gold? And after that, ppl like u ask, OH, AND WHERE IS ALL THE THINGS WOMAN HAVE DONE? They rest in shadow bc of pigs, there is too much of pigs in humans bodys.

  21. It's really annoying so many people are mad about this when it's nothing but truth in a Satire way. Guys get so mad when woman point out their bullshit.

  22. Funny story: a friend of mine went to say that this specific guy was very sexist and instead she accidentally said that 'he was the sexiest".

  23. Why am I being marked as sexist I’m just a 13 year old and people are attacking me for being sexist. Yes it’s a serious cause but don’t punish me just because I’m a male 🙁

  24. Men have more testorone meaning that they can build more muscle. If men can build more muscle then they can do more incredible stunts. This makes them more entertaining to watch so nbc will want to put them on tv more because it will be more entertaining.

  25. More dislikes than LIKES- says it all about a rampant man hating feminist with some good points but delivered with a obvious man hating theme.

    I am like: "You realize 50% of what made you, you was contributed by a man aka your father?"
    Feminist are like: "No he is fine, but every other man….."

  27. If this wasn't a Vox video I would have thought that it's a parody.

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