Chris Gayle was hit by a barrage of criticism following his comment during an interview with Mel McLaughlin at a Big Bash League match in Australia. “To see your eyes for the first time is nice,” he said, in response to a question about his innings. “Hopefully we can have a drink afterwards. Don’t blush baby.” (Read the news here.)
Naturally I felt uncomfortable hearing or reading the news that followed the above comment. To be honest the jury is still out as to how his comment should be taken: as a joke, as an insult, as … I don’t really know.
Then I watched Maria Sharapova video here and my confusion went up another notch.
If any of the reporters in both scenarios had flirted back in that moment while recording I think they would have come under some heavy criticism. However, the case is different when it comes to fining or meting out criticism/reprimand to the people being interviewed (i.e. Maria and Chris).
Is that really equality?
Can anyone make a case for either side? Would love to read/hear your thoughts.
What are your thoughts on feminism?