Open Letter To The Sexist Olympic Commentators
Start writing a post

Open Letter To The Sexist Olympic Commentators

Why can't you give credit to these women?

Open Letter To The Sexist Olympic Commentators

Dear Olympic commentators,

Every four years, the best athletes in the world come together to compete on the top international stage: the Olympic Games. These athletes put their lives on hold to train daily in hopes that they will qualify and be able to represent their country. Every athlete is talented beyond belief, has an incredible work ethic and deserves to be there. Yet, you seem to think that somehow the women athletes are lesser athletes than the men. You have been making rude, sexist, inappropriate comments about the athletes purely because they are women. And that is not OK.

Why do you feel the need to first talk about how old a female athlete is, whether or not she's married and/or has children, and her outfit and makeup? These women are here to compete. They've earned the right to compete. I wasn't aware that being married affected your ability to swim, or run or shoot. Why not talk about their achievements? The first comment that was made when Katinka Hosszu broke the world record in the 400 meter individual medley was "and there's the man responsible for her performance" with a pan to her husband. I'm sorry did I miss something? Did her husband just swim a fantastic race and break the world record? I thought this was the women's race? Plot twist. Give credit where credit is due. And I promise her husband doesn't deserve it.

Your sexism doesn't stop with swimming, either. It continues throughout all events, but possibly the most noteworthy is with the women's gymnastics team, which is the best in the world, I might add. Yet, they look like, "They might as well be standing around at the mall" because they were talking on the sidelines? Sir, they were 10 points ahead of the competition. I don't see you competing or honestly being qualified to discuss Olympic gymnastics if that is what you have to say. I'd love to see you do what those women were doing and then be criticized and downplayed because they were talking when they weren't competing. I wasn't aware you expected dead silence from the athletes when they weren't competing.

As I've been writing this article I've heard multiple sexist comments and you don't even seem to notice, and if you do, you don't care. When describing Simone Manuel's family, you stated her father and brothers' sports accomplishments in basketball and describe her mother as "athletic in her own right." What does that even mean? You mentioned that beach volleyball will be happening later and the only other comment was, "and they are dressed for the weather down here" as an explanation for why they aren't in a bikini. No mention of the time or who the U.S. team will be playing.

Furthermore, there is no reason that the female athletes have to clarify that they are themselves, not the "next" Michael Phelps or whoever you pick. They are Katie Ledecky, Maya Dirado, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, and many, many others. Learn their names. Learn their story and accomplishments. And for crying out loud, learn how to stop being so damn sexist because these women are better athletes than you will ever be.

A pissed off viewer.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
google images

Fashion just keeps growing and changing and old trends are made new! Now, I'm no beauty guru, just a beauty guru wannabe, but personally I have compiled some stylish wardrobe must haves! These can be cute assets to go back to school or just to catch up on some of the latest trends...

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

There's More To A Relationship Than Netflix

Summertime is only 93 days of the year, Find something to do!

Tallie Ammar

Summertime is ideal for more than just hanging out and binging your favorite TV series with your friends. Although summer does bring rain and thunderstorms which is perfect for those binging days, take advantage of those nice and sunny days. There is so many opportunities to get out of the house and enjoy the season before the snow starts to come back. Here are 25 interesting dates that are doable almost anywhere for any age.

Keep Reading... Show less
Leilani Encarnacion

Philadelphia has its beauty, but some of you may have not been to some of the most beautiful hidden spots in the city. This summer is a chance for new adventures and exploring, so here are a few places that I highly recommend you should visit at least once.

Keep Reading... Show less

To my boyfriend's parents,

Keep Reading... Show less

How Not To Go Insane During Summer

Holy cow. If you're like me, you are bored out of your mind taking summer classes all the way until August. Then just to come right back and take more classes for the Fall?

It is like I am going insane.


I mean, I am taking rigorous classes which allow me to devote a lot of my time towards them, but is only two classes. By the time I get done, I have a whole half of the day full of nothing. I end up just sitting on my phone for most of the day instead of doing something practical.

So here I have compiled a list of how to keep yourself from not going crazy!

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments