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Flamboyant West Indies opener Chris Gayle has found himself in hot water after making a “sexist” remark to a female journalist.
The incident occurred prior to the start of the Jamaica Tallawah’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL) match against the Antigua Hawksbills two days ago.
The female journalist asked Gayle: “How does the pitch feel so far in terms of the training (and) the weather?”
Gayle responded by saying: “Well I haven’t touched yours yet so I don’t know how it feels. I like your smile; that’s nice.”
Despite Gayle’s comments, the CPL did not take any action over the incident.
“Chris is excited for the tournament and was having a laugh with a journalist, who had a laugh back; there was no malice intended,” the Antigua Observer quoted a CPL spokesman as saying. “The lady in question had a jovial goodbye chat with him and we don’t believe this was the action of someone who was offended.”
However, gender equity advocate Alexandrina Wong, who is also head of Women Against Rape (WAR), was disgusted with Gayle’s comments and the CPL for downplaying the incident.
“What it’s implying is one person’s power over another in the use of the language and so we can either say it’s sexist and hegemonic,” Wong said. “She obviously doesn’t know her right when it comes to agency of body so that she can identify certain types of language, how they allude to her biology and what it’s saying about her as a person.
“CPL should demand an apology from him because as senior officials they ought to know and to behave better when it comes to gender equality.”