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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 43,800 Lives Here
    RichN95 wrote:
    He's neither fat not bald

    You said overweight. He's also doesn't present a TV show any more, though.

    I missed out Andrew Neil.

    Further to the tv presenter theme, I noticed the other day that 'Rip off Britain' is presented by three, very mature women.
    Do folks think this also constitute both sexism and ageism, or is that OK?

    It’s all about context. You know that.
  • Vino'sGhostVino'sGhost Posts: 4,320
    I suspect that most whinging about this is being done by ugly unsuccessful blokes with minging wives and women with beards.

    The podium birds are there to add a bit of glamour to affairs. Ive been to loads of events where the only thing that stops it being an awkward end to a race on a portable stage in the wind and rain are the podium birds. Its certainly not the mayor.
  • “Birds”

    FFS...
  • salsiccia1salsiccia1 Posts: 3,244
    It's got to be parody.
    It's only a bit of sport, Mun. Relax and enjoy the racing.
  • RichN95 wrote:
    He's neither fat not bald

    You said overweight. He's also doesn't present a TV show any more, though.

    I missed out Andrew Neil.

    Further to the tv presenter theme, I noticed the other day that 'Rip off Britain' is presented by three, very mature women.
    Do folks think this also constitute both sexism and ageism, or is that OK?

    You mean the "I noticed" bit?
    and then the next thing you know
  • inseineinseine Posts: 5,655
    I suspect that most whinging about this is being done by ugly unsuccessful blokes with minging wives and women with beards.

    The podium birds are there to add a bit of glamour to affairs. Ive been to loads of events where the only thing that stops it being an awkward end to a race on a portable stage in the wind and rain are the podium birds. Its certainly not the mayor.
    Either this is a joke, your accounts been hacked or you're a fool.
  • shortfallshortfall Posts: 1,718
    Would it be awfully crass of me to ask on this thread if anyone has a link to those Simply Loveleh viral videos?

    I'll get my coat....
    :D:D:D:D
  • gweedsgweeds Posts: 1,930
    I suspect that most whinging about this is being done by ugly unsuccessful blokes with minging wives and women with beards.

    The podium birds are there to add a bit of glamour to affairs. Ive been to loads of events where the only thing that stops it being an awkward end to a race on a portable stage in the wind and rain are the podium birds. Its certainly not the mayor.

    Rasputin has spoken.

    censored .
    Napoleon, don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter.
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 13,544
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    "ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? IS THIS NOT WHY YOU ARE HERE?"
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,555
    RichN95 wrote:
    - how many overweight, bald men are there presenting TV?

    So we had Greg Wallace and Dom Littlewood from British TV. It's not a great haul. And surely the obvious answer was Dara O'Briain anyway.
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • RichN95 wrote:
    RichN95 wrote:
    - how many overweight, bald men are there presenting TV?

    So we had Greg Wallace and Dom Littlewood from British TV. It's not a great haul. And surely the obvious answer was Dara O'Briain anyway.

    Now if it was overweight or bald...
    and then the next thing you know
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 43,800 Lives Here
    Err, come on guys.
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 7,071
    RichN95 wrote:
    RichN95 wrote:
    - how many overweight, bald men are there presenting TV?

    So we had Greg Wallace and Dom Littlewood from British TV. It's not a great haul. And surely the obvious answer was Dara O'Briain anyway.

    Now if it was overweight or bald...

    Richard O'Brien.

    Dara's nephew.
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  • 27368763_830850923766019_3496985547027629483_o.jpg?oh=15dda2a279bf040b3429eeeb5c75beb9&oe=5B1890B0

    Interesting piece that touches on that piece of humour, on the Beeb's site today.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/42903658
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 7,071
    It's a bit of a kick in the gooch, telling these women that they are now unemployed but to suck it up for the greater good of womankind.

    I draw parallels with evaluation of humanitarian intervention in the Third World by Western charities where "we" (the West) simply cannot wait to do "the right thing", but don't stop to think what the people in the Third World actually want from us or what works best for them.

    One has to be very careful when making decisions on behalf of someone else...
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 43,800 Lives Here
    Ben6899 wrote:
    It's a bit of a kick in the gooch, telling these women that they are now unemployed but to suck it up for the greater good of womankind.

    I draw parallels with evaluation of humanitarian intervention in the Third World by Western charities where "we" (the West) simply cannot wait to do "the right thing", but don't stop to think what the people in the Third World actually want from us or what works best for them.

    One has to be very careful when making decisions on behalf of someone else...

    It's much more basic than that.

    New owners have decided their product is improved by the removal of grid girls.

    That has co-incided with a feminist movement which has objected to things such as grid girls.
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 7,071
    a feminist movement which has objected to things such as grid girls.

    And this is where people need to be careful. I mean, it's not very empowering for any woman that happens to be a "grid girl".

    Live and let live.
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  • RichN95 wrote:
    RichN95 wrote:
    - how many overweight, bald men are there presenting TV?

    So we had Greg Wallace and Dom Littlewood from British TV. It's not a great haul. And surely the obvious answer was Dara O'Briain anyway.

    How many overweight, bald women are there presenting TV?
  • Ben6899 wrote:
    a feminist movement which has objected to things such as grid girls.

    And this is where people need to be careful. I mean, it's not very empowering for any woman that happens to be a "grid girl".

    Live and let live.


    The whole shebang isnt empowering, I really wouldnt choose to fix on the term 'grid girl' as the issue here
  • If you don't think women on TV are treated differently to men, google "daily express" "carol kirkwood"
    and then the next thing you know
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,555
    RichN95 wrote:
    RichN95 wrote:
    - how many overweight, bald men are there presenting TV?

    So we had Greg Wallace and Dom Littlewood from British TV. It's not a great haul. And surely the obvious answer was Dara O'Briain anyway.

    How many overweight, bald women are there presenting TV?
    I can think of one slighty large Balding woman.
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 7,071
    Ben6899 wrote:
    a feminist movement which has objected to things such as grid girls.

    And this is where people need to be careful. I mean, it's not very empowering for any woman that happens to be a "grid girl".

    Live and let live.


    The whole shebang isnt empowering

    That's not for anyone outside to decide.
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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,555
    Ben6899 wrote:
    a feminist movement which has objected to things such as grid girls.

    And this is where people need to be careful. I mean, it's not very empowering for any woman that happens to be a "grid girl".

    Live and let live.
    It's hard too tell what is empowering. Sky F1 reporter William Esler posted this:

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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 43,800 Lives Here
    edited February 2018
    Ben6899 wrote:
    a feminist movement which has objected to things such as grid girls.

    And this is where people need to be careful. I mean, it's not very empowering for any woman that happens to be a "grid girl".

    Live and let live.

    You know the argument right?

    I mean, I’m sure it was tough for the black musicians who accompanied minstrel shows but ya, whatcha gonna do?

    I’m sure you’d be comfortable with more people becoming vegetarian, even at th expense of some butchers.

    In this instance I’d suggest that the broader feminist movement has been successful in making things such as grid girls something that’s not seen as progressive or forward thinking, and so, ultimately less popular.

    Do bear in mind this is a business decision. I know you’ve taken that context out but it’s important. They’re bowing to changing public perceptions, not a specific pressure group.
  • RichN95 wrote:
    RichN95 wrote:
    RichN95 wrote:
    - how many overweight, bald men are there presenting TV?

    So we had Greg Wallace and Dom Littlewood from British TV. It's not a great haul. And surely the obvious answer was Dara O'Briain anyway.

    How many overweight, bald women are there presenting TV?
    I can think of one slighty large Balding woman.

    :lol:

    But seriously, on balance men on TV do not have to be attractive, merely good at what they do. No?
  • Vino'sGhostVino'sGhost Posts: 4,320
    gweeds wrote:
    I suspect that most whinging about this is being done by ugly unsuccessful blokes with minging wives and women with beards.

    The podium birds are there to add a bit of glamour to affairs. Ive been to loads of events where the only thing that stops it being an awkward end to a race on a portable stage in the wind and rain are the podium birds. Its certainly not the mayor.

    Rasputin has spoken.

    censored .

    Ahhhh the liberal free thinker has grunted. Why not tell the women what they want and how to think.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 43,800 Lives Here
    gweeds wrote:
    I suspect that most whinging about this is being done by ugly unsuccessful blokes with minging wives and women with beards.

    The podium birds are there to add a bit of glamour to affairs. Ive been to loads of events where the only thing that stops it being an awkward end to a race on a portable stage in the wind and rain are the podium birds. Its certainly not the mayor.

    Rasputin has spoken.

    censored .

    Ahhhh the liberal free thinker has grunted. Why not tell the women what they want and how to think.

    Before or after you accuse people here of being " ugly unsuccessful blokes with minging wives and women with beards?"
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,555
    :lol:

    But seriously, on balance men on TV do not have to be attractive, merely good at what they do. No?
    I think the ones without specialist knowledge generally are though (the same with women really). The phrase 'he's got a face for radio' exists for a reason.
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 7,071
    Ben6899 wrote:
    a feminist movement which has objected to things such as grid girls.

    And this is where people need to be careful. I mean, it's not very empowering for any woman that happens to be a "grid girl".

    Live and let live.

    You know the argument right?

    I mean, I’m sure it was tough for the black musicians who accompanied minstrel shows but ya, whatcha gonna do?

    I’m sure you’d be comfortable with more people becoming vegetarian, even at th expense of some butchers.

    In this instance I’d suggest that the broader feminist movement has been successful in making things such as grid girls something that’s not seen as progressive or forward thinking, and so, ultimately less popular.

    Do bear in mind this is a business decision. I know you’ve taken that context out but it’s important. They’re bowing to changing public perceptions, not a specific pressure group.

    The minstrels parallel is a fair one and I get your point - I would need to do some reading, but I bet similar discussions were had when some black musicians were suddenly out of work for the greater good.

    The vegetarians/butchers is not a great analogy, in all fairness.

    The point I am trying to make in all this is that it's not as straight forward as some here would like to think. There's no room in civilised society for the "podium birds" attitude, but also we have to be wary of thinking and acting on behalf of others (I know this was a business decision, but the feminist groups taking away empowerment from women is a little perverse).
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  • Vino'sGhostVino'sGhost Posts: 4,320
    gweeds wrote:
    I suspect that most whinging about this is being done by ugly unsuccessful blokes with minging wives and women with beards.

    The podium birds are there to add a bit of glamour to affairs. Ive been to loads of events where the only thing that stops it being an awkward end to a race on a portable stage in the wind and rain are the podium birds. Its certainly not the mayor.

    Rasputin has spoken.

    censored .

    Ahhhh the liberal free thinker has grunted. Why not tell the women what they want and how to think.

    Before or after you accuse people here of being " ugly unsuccessful blokes with minging wives and women with beards?"

    You well know I said that “I suspect most” If the cap fits I suppose people can wear it. But I’m more interested in the message that some of the champions of women have.
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