January 25, 2011
Mike’s back blogging, thank God! That’ll give me the kick up the backside I need.
So here’s my first entry for a while, and it’s about the biggest story in football at the moment. As I type, Richard Keys and Andy Gray are facing increasing pressure from their employer, Sky, regarding sexist comments made about Sian Massey, the referee’s assistant at Molyneux last weekend. Of course, there’s a delicious irony at play here that Keys and Gray would find themselves censured by, of all companies, News Corp. The same company that owns The Sun, which, as we all know, still proudly has its daily “Page Three” feature.
The notion that Sky would suddenly jump on the sexist bandwagon is utterly nauseating to me and it’s not just Sky, its Rio Ferdinand, who described their views as “Pre-historic”. This would be the same Rio Ferdinand who happily filmed a group sex session with Frank Lampard, Kieron Dyer and two other women. The next time Rio feels the need to sermonise from the gospel according to Harriet Harman, he should take a good long look at himself in the mirror and then decide to keep his mouth shut.
This is the problem though, women have been treated as little more than objects for so long by football, footballers and the general mainstream media, that when something like this happens, it all seems a little false to me. Is Sky genuinely angry about Keys and Gray? Of course it isn’t, it’s sorry they’ve been caught out, undoubtedly, but hardly sorry for what they said.
So please, Sky, spare us all the ridiculous posturing, you don’t really care about what Keys and Gray said. Just bring them back, and we’ll forget all about it.