Prepare yourself. I’m about to offend you, girl. Well, are you offended? By what you ask? Why, the “g-word,” of course!
No kidding. In an effort not to offend the perpetually offended, the BBC has pro-actively deleted the “‘g-word’ from a documentary on the Commonwealth Games.” During filming, broadcaster Mark Beaumont, 31, joked after being hurled to the floor by a judo champion: ‘I am not sure I can live that down – being beaten by a 19-year-old girl.’” How offensive! Wait, what!?
In order to not appear sexist, the BBC took it upon itself to delete the word “girl” and right on cue, the perpetually offended jumped on the bandwagon. Beaumont’s response was seen as “faux embarrassment. He used the word “girl” because it has connotations of being younger and weaker. I think he immediately realized what he said was sexist…[he thought it] would be funny, when in reality it’s an example of casual everyday sexism.’”
Every day sexism. Whatever that is. It couldn’t have been that Beaumont is guy and the judo athlete was a–gasp!--girl! It couldn’t have been that Beaumont is 12 years older than the “girl”, now could it? It had to be sexism!
Thankfully, smarter heads prevailed and the incident has been seen for what it is a silly attempt to preemptively avoid PC offense. The real problem isn’t sexism, “the problem now is that people have become over-sensitive – and the BBC has become too over-cautious.’”
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