Today has resurrected the debate about equality for women after the sacking of Andy Gray from his role as a presenter on Sky Sports. The sacking today followed comments off air that he made about a female linesman, I mean assistant referee, and then further fuel was added to the fire in the form of a remark he made off air in the studio to a female co presenter.
I have different views on what has happened but my main gripe today is that for whatever reason someone has gone out of their way to publicise “off air” recordings and video footage of Andy Gray that no one would have otherwise been privy to apart from his colleagues around him. Someone has gone out of their way to destroy his career on Sky Sports spanning nearly 20 years and to smear his name. There is obviously a lot more going on in the Murdock / press sectors that we will never know about I doubt. Also when will something happen to Richard Keys, is he next in the firing line?
I am all in favour for equality and yes everyone should be given a fair chance no matter what their sex, age, colour or creed, but when we are given a fair chance we have to act fairly too. According to Dave there was a female assistant referee recently who got a whole load of abuse from the crowd during the match and at half time was in tears. Now to me, if you’re an official of a football match then you should totally expect to get abuse from the crowd and turning on the water works isn’t the answer. If women are working in a male dominated environment then you have to be tough and fit in with that environment rather than people having to adapt to your presence, but when do lines get crossed?
At Bronco up until a year or so ago we were a very male dominated business with basically me and an office full of guys (we still are a male dominated business, as is the industry). To be honest that doesn’t faze me as I prefer it to being in an office full of women as it can be really bitchy, and I have no problem managing either men or women. I can give as good as I get and yes there is a lot of banter at Bronco which I think is healthy for a workplace.
The video clip of Andy Gray where he is suggesting that Charlotte Jackson helps with his microphone box is all said in jest and she even smiles at Andy, but seems very focused on just getting the rehearsal done and not joining in, but I’m sure she would not have been offended and probably does have a joke with them in the office. Not sure but I don’t think she lodged a complaint at the time about Andy, because I would guess that he’s always like that and that’s what people liked about him. That’s why he was so successful on Sky Sports on his £2m a year salary, because of his straight talking, no nonsense, blokey attitude.
See for yourself what all the fuss is about