You may have heard or read yesterday about Sky’s Sports presenters – Richard keys and Andy Gray who make off camera sexist comments about Sian Massey an assistant referee. The comments were made before Saturday’s match between Wolves and Liverpool.
Mr Keys went on to remark on comments made by West Ham vice-chairman Karen Brady in the Sun Newspaper on Saturday morning about the level of sexism in football.
“See charming Karren Brady this morning complaining about sexism? Yeah. Do me a favour, love,” he said.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, the former Birmingham City managing director told Victoria Derdysire “I’m genuinely disappointed. It never would have occurred to me that [Keys and Gray] had these views, whether public or private.”
Karen goes on to comment that it is only females in her industry are judged by their gender and she went on to suggest that we should respect all people’s views and diversity.
I would want to agree with her comments and sentiments although, no less significant for being off camera, I have yet to understand how such off camera comments found their way into the public domain. Having worked in a range of settings for a range of employers I have often had to work harder and achieve more than men to gain the same level of respect.
The people of the Church of England are being consulted about women being able to be appointed as Bishops, a role from which at present they are excluded. I would hope that all the people of the Church of England will join the consultation and do it with respect for all peoples views and diversity.