JournalismPakistan.com January 13, 2016
Do you really believe Chris Gayle deserves to be castigated the way he is being treated following his relatively clumsy live on TV flirtation with anchor Mel McLaughlin?
It is not as if he was some seedy rap artist caught on the seamy side of the street using foul language or making lewd gestures. He was just Chris Gayle doing his island in the sun thing. In a world that is sleazy and yucky enough on the celeb circuit does that mini-interview go beyond the merely crass?
When you think of endless sledging and the occasional racist slur, dressing room spats and sulks the Gayle indiscretion becomes much of a muchness.
Mel is no shrinking violet. She is a professional TV anchor capable of squelching anyone whom she thinks crosses the line. From the top of my head I could have come up with three zingers that she could have used to make Chris look like a twit on testosterone.
“Going out with you, you wish mon, dream on.”
“You are not my type, Chris, sorry, a bit over the hill.”
“I am not blushing Chris, I am just disappointed this is your best line.”
And that would have been that. Even over the top banter is twisted into a bludgeon by all this sexist stuff. He even ended up in the clip saying he was joking, it didn’t call for a global uprising of bubbling hot piety.
The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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