The BBC presenter John Inverdale has apologised to the Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli for describing her as “not a looker” shortly before her win on Saturday, calling his remarks clumsy and ham-fisted.
Opening his coverage of Sunday’s men’s final for BBC 5 Live, He said he had written to the player to apologise “if any offence was caused”, after his comments a day earlier sparked a furious response.
The BBC was forced to apologise after Inverdale, speaking before Bartoli’s match against Sabine Lisicki, told listeners of Radio 5 Live: “Do you think Bartoli’s dad told her when she was little: ‘You’re never going to be a looker, you’ll never be a Sharapova, so you have to be scrappy and fight’?”
Tapos yung mga di kagandahan, sila pa ang malakas manlait sa anyo ng iba. (Self-loathing?) Sino nga ba ang madalas na nagmamaganda?
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From Cooper and Butler: A Wimbledon Love Story, at Vulture. Uuyyy, selfies. Below them, the President of Serbia.
Text exchange with two sportswriters
Us: And while Britain weeps for joy, Scotland declares independence and names Andy Murray president.
LeK: Wahaha! Ees about time. Sean Connery for prime minister!
Us: Dali! Sulsulan mo in exchange for a lifetime supply of single malt.
LeK: Good deal. Let’s all take the high road!
Us: Well you do have a personal stake in the fate of the Scotch, este Scots.
LeK: Of course. Noon pa, Scotland Forever. What Robert the Bruce started, Andy, Sean, Nessie and I will finish!
FireQ: Hahaha! What do you think of this small group pissed kasi hindi raw 77 years ang British drought because there are women who won during that period?
Us: Kuraz! Hindi ba Ingles si Virginia Wade?
FireQ: Yup, pero parang namimilosopo na sila hehe.
Us: Baka kasi sabi ng tatay nila hindi sila kagandahan kaya’t kailangang mamilosopo.