So Andy Gray got sacked by Sky yesterday, for making sexist comments off-air that were accidentally picked up and broadcast. Instead of wondering why the microphone operator or producer hasn’t been sacked for gross incompetence, I am instead wondering why one man’s personal opinions that are unrelated to his job are grounds for dismissal, but blatantly choosing young beautiful well-endowed models to present Sky Sports News precisely because they are young beautiful well-endowed and model-material, is not in the least bit exploitative to women and demeaning to men.
And before someone says “it’s TV – everyone picks good looking people to be on TV.” Urm, check out the male presenters… In fact, check out the whole crew here. Men aren’t chosen because they are attractive; women are. Why? Because Sky Sports’ audience is male, and men want to see pretty girls in beauty makeup talking about football. (Or at least that’s what the SSN producer thinks – but silly me for forgetting: sexism against men is ok.)
All the same, Gray wasn’t sacked because he made sexist comments. He was sacked because he got caught making sexist comments. If no one heard anything, would Sky come out and say: “Andy was in the pub yesterday with friends, and made a remark about women not understanding football, so we sacked him.” They wouldn’t, which means Sky don’t actually care what Gray said; they are afraid of what other people might think about what he said.
I’m actually disappointed this happened because as much as Gray has his flaws, he does actually know what he’s talking about and he does commentate well – something that is a truly dying art in football. Let’s be clear on this: football commentary is truly shocking! Sky just sacked their best man, not because of what he said. Not because of what he thinks. But because someone left a microphone on and picked up something he never ever wanted the world to hear.
I have many opinions that people would find offensive; I think most welfare benefiters are parasitic drug-dealing lowlifes, and I think the worse people are educated the more likely they are to believe in superstition and “god”, and that faith is evil and might even be considered a mental illness – but should I get sacked for it?
Gray’s comments weren’t offensive, they were stupid. Anyone who gets offended by stupid comments is stupid. And if Sky is going to sack people for saying stupid things, they can start with their football commentary team, which would leave 95% of them out of work.