If you’ve not seen the Messi / Suarez penalty by now, you’ve been living under a rock.
Either that, or you’re a woman – because according to the hordes of Twitter users who abused BT Sport presenter Lydsey Hipgrave for expressing an opinion (God forbid) – women have no place in football. In 20 fucking 16.
Yeah, that’s right, despite Hipgrave probably knowing more than the majority of said detractors do, and carving out a seriously successful career in sport journalism, she isn’t allowed to say the penalty was disrespectful.
Think that Messi pen is so disrespectful more I see it. Just let Suarez take the pen if you want to be such a good team mate.Advertisement
— Lynsey Hipgrave (@lynseyhipgrave1) February 15, 2016
Why? Because according to one enlightened individual, she has a ‘pair of tits’.
She was also told to get back in the kitchen, make some sandwiches and of course, is only allowed to open her mouth to suck dick.
why do they let women watch football loooool football has never been about respect bitch https://t.co/zcb0jodxlm
— – (@kzke10) February 15, 2016
Well guys, if you want to see a shining example of disrespect – look in the mirror. And you wouldn’t even need to take a long look such was the level of sexism in the comments.
For one thing, the opinion was one that’s done the rounds plenty of times on social media and in the press – imagine if Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema did that – they’d have been panned.
There is the argument that Barcelona and Lionel Messi especially are so revered in football they actually get away with far more than other players would – and what is seen as disrespect from some players is seen as ‘skill and God given ability’ from them.
Cast your minds back to the Henry / Pires penalty debacle – where they tried the Cryuff like attempt at scoring and royally fucked it up – they were called disrespectful – among plenty of other things, and no one threw any accusations of gender around at the individuals making said comments.
Fuck off you fucking titbag we need sandwiches not opinions you slag https://t.co/VhIX8KDHXt
— J (10-1) (@Fraudiesta) February 15, 2016
Had Messi and Suarez messed their attempt up, make no mistake, the disrespect tag would have been used plenty more times than it was – but simply because they scored, people raved about their ‘brilliance’ instead.
Quite what you think about the penalty is a more moot point than discussing Aston Villa’s survival attempts this season. There simply isn’t one.
No matter what your view on the situation, the fact that vile and disgraceful abusive messages were aimed at a female in sport shows, as Hipgrave said, there is still ‘a long way’ for women to go in sport.
Just a very small taster of what we have to put up with. The crime was being a woman and expressing an opinion. Still a long way to go
— Lynsey Hipgrave (@lynseyhipgrave1) February 15, 2016Advertisement
There is, and while things are changing, there are still far too many females out there who seriously know their stuff, who are ignored and essentially seen as a joke or an ‘auto-cutie’ because of the way they look.
Unlike with a male, how a woman in sport looks is still seen as equally (if not depressingly more, in some cases) important as what comes out of their mouth.
A pundit like Chris Kamara can fail to see a goal when on Soccer Saturday and people find it hilarious – seeing him as a cult hero. Imagine if some of the gaffes Kammy makes were made by a woman – she’d be ridiculed, told to get back into the kitchen and accused of not being able to do her job.
Sexism and double standards do exist in life – in the corporate world, for a stay at home mother, and in sport.
Yes, there have been strides made – for as many abusive tweets Hipgrave received, there were also a huge number of people supporting her, even if they disagreed with her opinion, and condemning the moronic sexists who abused her.
That’s all well and good, but until a woman can actually do her job and do it without having to put up with remarks about her gender impacting that ability, there’s still a long way to go, and that’s a pretty sobering thought.