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Andy Murray Interrupts Reporter’s Sexist Question To Stop Casual Sexism, And His Interview Goes Viral
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Andy Murray Interrupts Reporter’s Sexist Question To Stop Casual Sexism, And His Interview Goes Viral

British tennis player Andy Murray has just been eliminated from Wimbledon by American Sam Querrey, but people are talking more about his post-game interview rather than the loss itself.

In the press conference, a reporter can be heard asking off-camera: “Andy, Sam is the first U.S. player to reach a major semi-final since 2009. How would you describe the—?”

When Murray casually interferes: “Male player.”

Pause. “I beg your pardon?” the reporter asks.

“Male player, right?” Murray repeats.

You see, Serena Williams has won 12 Grand Slam tournaments since 2009. TWELVE.

The reporter tried to laugh this one off, but Murray – who is currently ranked as the no. 1 male player in the world – was taking none of it. Social media praised Murray for refusing to allow “casual sexism”, and his mother, Judy, tweeted proudly: “That’s my boy.”

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Sheralyn
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Those who don't think it's sexist are basically saying Andy Murray (and his mum) were also too sensitive. Frankly i'm more inclined to take the viewpoint of a professional male tennis player immersed in global sporting culture and its norms, than random conservative commenters here whining about how calling out sexism is a tool of the snowflake liberals, but maybe that's just me.

Maxine Clark
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Conservatives don't whine, nor do they use it as a tool against Snowflakes. It is a fact however, that Snowflakes do use whining as their way of coping, while some just suck their thumb.

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Carolina Ren
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Your mamma raised you right Andy <3

Edwin Lesperance
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe his momma AND his 'male parent' as well.

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Fernando Taveira
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nowdays, being fair and defend equality is "political correctness" or "overly sensitive". -.-' It's better to say stupid things, spit on the floor and be proud of being an idiot? I weep for humanity.

Nicklas Linder
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hate when people use PC as some sort of insult. If being PC is bad, I REALLY don't want to be the opposite... And snowflake? I'd rather be sensitive and unique every day, than a mindless, hating blob. Any day of the week. //PC as f--k.

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Chris White
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's fascinating to see how threatened some people are by this act. The reporter just made a mistake? Yes you could say that but it was a mistake that arises from relegating women to second class status. And why shouldn't Murray have corrected him? They guy was wrong, whatever the reason, and all the whiny dinosaurs are getting bitter and twisted because Andy Murray happened to point it out.

Stille20
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Men's sport and Women's sport have different rules, different pay, different coverage, etc, but for most sports the male and female players see each other as peers. It's always nice to hear athletes recognize each other. (I think this is also in reaction to a questionable comment by John McEnroe.)

Phil Scott
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Questionable in what way? To you?What he said was spot on and mirrored what Williams said herself.If you want TRUE equality,then just have a tennis tournament open for all sexes.Doubt that would appease you though.

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Chris Gen
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have to honestly say this didn't offend me and I didn't experience it as overtly sexist, but am I happy that Murray corrected the ignorant reporter who should know how to do his job better? YES

Henrik Slaug
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No! You got of well but dropped the ball when suggesting that the reporter is ignorant! What leads you to that conclusion?

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Mintyfreash
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To be honest I don't find the reporter offensive but I think it's nice that Andy Murray noticed that little detail and corrected it.

Aaaa Bbbb
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Or he's just being factual. My husband would do the same, not because he cares about social justice but because he doesn't like inaccuracies. It's like correcting a math error.

Leni
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not sure if that matters, I mean it's still a fair way to look at the world. Considering how proud his mom is tho it was prolly a SJ thing since she'd know his personality.

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Monty Is Fiennes
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have no interest in the majority of the sexes debates. I often find they lose focus. But when John McEnroe made the comments he did, it was beyond sexism. He discounted the years of sacrifice, endurance and discipline, any athelete at the top of their game goes through. Andy Murray didn't. That's class. Top shelf Andy!

Z
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Imagine if the situation were reversed and the reporter referred to a female player as being the only one and discounted all the male ones. If you can suspend your disbelief enough to imagine a world where that could happen, there would be an enormous outcry and no one would be accusing anyone one being 'too sensitive'.

Hayden
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I imagined that happening, then I imagined the reporter responding this time by saying, "Um, we're talking about a women's tennis tournament here". However, if the reporter failed to point that fact out, I'm sure everything would be ok anyway and there would not be a dramatic outcry by human idiots as there are here.

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Caroline Driver
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Whether it's PC, over sensitive or whatever, more to the point, it's correct. If, by chance it had been the other way and the reporter was talking about Serena Williams, I've no doubt Andy would have said female player. He was just being meticulous.

Katelin
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't understand why this is such a big deal. The reporter was simply unclear and was corrected in a polite way.

Katelin
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And because he is a male player, it would be safe to assume that the reporter meant the first male US player

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Wm63178
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is anyone considering the context of the question? It's a male athlete, competing against males in a male only tournament. I totally get where most of ya'll are coming from, but in this specific example I don't see anything to argue about over Bored Panda. Women and men should both be recognized equally for their achievements and any form of discrimination should be addressed but maybe that's the conservative in me. I know that's a bad word around here but I promise I have a heart.

Wendy
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Then why didn't Murray consider the context, too, given that it's so easily understood?

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Pete Smith
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think people need to relax. The reporter was obviously discussing the male tournament. Implying that he was disparaging women is ridiculous. If the same question was posed to Serena, (ie "Did you know a British player hasn't reached the finals in 40 years?")we would all know the reporter was talking about the female tournament.

Connor T.
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How is this being too sensitive? The reporter is flat out wrong- if Serena Williams has not only reached the major semi-finals, but won the whole tournament not once, not twice, but TWELVE times, then that's just silly to get that wrong. She and her sister are two of the most well known names in Tennis - to ignore them is ridiculous, and he was right for calling the reporter out. Say what you will, that's an athlete protecting one of his own, and he was damn right to do so. Even if you don't agree with the sexist implications, that's still just a failure to do your job on the most basic level as a reporter.

AnnieLaurie Burke
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Andy, you may be out of the running this time around, but you have shown yourself to be a true champ. Kudos to your Mum, too! She has to be a fantastic lady to have raised such a talented and sensitive son!

And Rew
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"How would you describe the "male player"?" How is that casual sexism? So now we can't have sexes be the topic of discussion without it being considered sexist? What if the reporter asked to describe the "female player"? I don't understand, the question didn't ring alarm bells to me. How would one ask the question equally? "How do you describe the "tennis player"?" This level of political corrected where people get offended by something they'll probably forget about in a week's time goes to show that some people have nothing better to do than complain and take out so much negative energy on something... pointless. We have to be tougher than this people. If this is what makes you feel degraded and unequal, I don't really know what to say to you. The freedom of expression and exposure to different ideas SHOULD make us feel uncomfortable, that's called learning. It toughens you up for the real world. Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. What happened?

Sheralyn
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just wondering, are you also saying that Andy Murray (and his mum) were too sensitive? He's a professional tennis player so his opinion about global sporting norms and whether he feels the need to correct reporters does carry a lot of weight.

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ThePurpleness
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Honestly (don't downvote if I'm not thinking about this correctly, but let me know), the reporter wasn't being sexist, but made a mistake...

Mag
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not a mistake but ignorance.

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Henrik Slaug
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A lot of people are being way too sensitive including Murray. It was a perfectly legitimate question, nothing sexist about that.

Isa Car
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Soo, if someone who can be expected to know your family asked your sister about her new baby boy and commented on him being the first Henrik in the family, that would be fine with you? It would not make you (and the rest of the family) feel like "Uuuh, hello? Over here?!" ?

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Mimis Nachbarin
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And the best is his coolness! For him it soo obvious he doesn't even make a fuss...

Dana S-D
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That was amazing. As a woman (though not a tennis fan) I'm truly gratified.

Joanna K.
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Would be so much better if English had different words for male/female players. We have that in Polish because every word has it's "sex": masculine, feminine or neutral. But then there are words like "driver" which is masculine and there is no way you make it sound more feminine. Some of these words are names of occupations (which were usually traditional jobs only for women/men). It makes it awkward if someone is really sensitive about sexism, but there is no other way to say it as woman-... or manly-... .

Henrik Slaug
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Joanna: Epic! Great response :-) 🤔hmm...in German the word journalist is female...Am I being sexist?

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Michael Davis
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I really don't think the guy asking the question was intending to be sexist. Just a bunch of PC crap.

Leni
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hence why people say it's 'casual' sexism I guess, I seem to infer from other people that this means it's sexism without intention.

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Patrick Bateman
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The NBA. The WNBA. One is a sport. One is a joke. I like sports. I like jokes.

Claire
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow lots of triggered conservatives on here. Get your heads out of the 1950s. One day you'll hopefully realise the world's left you behind.

And Rew
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Claire. This whole article is a triggered liberal. Besides, having an opinion different to yours, that the question wasn't sexist, means that we're triggered? I find that a little immature. In school we were taught that everybody has a different opinion. Looks like you weren't really paying attention in class...

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Angela Sochi
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He was correcting what the reporter ask. Like, keep your fact straight.. WOuldn't it be embarassing if people started to pointing that out to him that Serena already did that years ago right?

Zia.M
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I dont get it? What was the interviewer gonna say? But well done Andy! ^^

Felicia Dale
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a great thing to do! Thank you, Andy Murray, and all people like you! You make the world a much better place for everyone.

Sara Rojo
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well done Murray, "Serena Williams has won 12 Grand Slam tournaments since 2009. TWELVE." so she is the first U.S. PLAYER to reach a major semi-final since 2009.... the reporter said player, so he was wrong and Murray correct him. That's it... clear as water.

José Bolaños
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don´t know Andy Murray but I´d be surprised if he gave a single fuck about Feminism or sexism or any social justice Bullshit. He was just pointing out an obvious mistake, like any typical male would have. I would have loved it if the mistake had been made by a FEMALE reporter, then I can´t imagine what on God´s Green Earth would boredpanda have published.

Hayden
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Many, many U.S. players have reached major semi-finals since 2009.

Adriana E. Henricy
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Plus, this is not the first time this has happened or he has called out a stupid reporter.

Cosmin Ivan
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I mean it's OK to allow millions of sexist Muslims in your country, but God forbid you ask an incorrect question at a press conference.

chaser
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is SJWs looking for sexism where it doesn't exist. It's a press conference with a MALE tennis player that got eliminated from a MALE tournament in Wimbledon, isn't it obvious he's talking about men's tennis? *FIFA World Cup 2018* Random sports commentator: The USA has yet to win a World Cup. SJWs: But women's team won it 3 times already. Fire that guy! Until men and women are competing against each other, statements like that can't be sexist.

Hayden
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For the people that think this was a sexist question, maybe the question should have included all racket sports too, not just tennis. We can't be discriminating against those other racket sports players too now can we? Actually, maybe all sports that have a net as well, basketball has a net. What about all of those poor basketball players that made it into major basketball semifinals. Too many people are just plain stupid to realize context.

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Allana Rose
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Too much fuss over nothing. I am sorry but there are much bigger things happening in the world right now to get your panties in a twist over. Move along people....nothing to see here.

Ihan Toomik
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Although im glad that Andy Murray said what he said. I think the reporter most likely meant no disrespect towards women. It could have been an honest mistake. It is pretty scary how you have to be mindful of everything and watch every word you say because you'll never know when you might accidentally hurt someones feelings.

Olivia W
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well done Andy. But it might not've been sexism. Of course there is a good chance it was but I always make mistakes with my wording and miss out words. I've been in a similar situation where I've missed out a part of a sentence I meant to say. But great job Andy none the less

ivan bolitekurac
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Whenever i see "sexist" in the title i know it is clickbait

Martin
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Time to clutch those pearls......

Alex Nicks
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

lol, i bet he didnt even mean for it to be about sexism, this bored society just saw it as that. sounds more like he was making sure the US players were recognised in history

Martin
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Exactly, if the reporter had said 'male player' then he would have been called sexist for some odd reason

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Stephanie Hutner
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People are way too sensitive. What he did was great, but the journalist wasn't going out of his way to be sexist!! Unbelievable.

Wendy
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's why it's called causual sexism. That in the reporters mind, he wasn't even remotely considering Serena's 12 wins when he asked the question about "the first US player..." how many wins will it take Serena to win before it even registers?

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Nicklas Linder
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Que lots of offended men in the comments, in 3... 2...

Rici Tipton
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5 years ago

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Did you ever think that maybe he corrected the reporter because he wanted to make sure he was only being associated in the men's division. So that means all the people saying he defended women are wrong. He actually was saying don't you dare compare me with everyone including women. I won in the top division and that's the men's division. Hahahaha

Patrick Bateman
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5 years ago

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This whole post is click bait bullshit. This isn't sexism, not even casual sexism. Why would the reporter feel the need to distinguish gender when asking that question? This isn't even a mistake. He was asking a male player about another male player all within the context of men's tennis. Women don't even compete against men in this sport...unless you count Billie gene king. This is dumb.

Zomalo
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Often, women aren't seen as legitimate players in sports and aren't treated equally. Men are seen as the default in society in general, and players are automatically men unless otherwise specified, which is pretty fucked up.

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Patricia Scully
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Not to split hairs .....'BUT' I will ......Andy is SCOTTISH.............. NOT British..............

Tiny Dynamine
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh really? Is Scotland part of Britain? I'm English but my official nationality is British.

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John Smith
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Lowest ranked professional man would beat Serena every time. Hence, why it's easy to forget female sports.

Leni
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just like it's easy to forget about your opinion since the lowest ranked woman would beat your ass in an argument every time ^_^

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Lidee Moril
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5 years ago

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Bunch of intrawebz cry babies commenting here in 3...2...1

Clinto Be
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5 years ago

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Yet reverse sexism is often accepted...womens tennis is a joke.

Marshall Davies
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Grab a racket, have a game with any of the top 10 women players & get back to us

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Hugo Raible
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OMG. You can make a SJW thing out of everything, right? Please, the appropriate headline would be "Tennis player corrects reporter". Doesn't sound as catchy, right?

And Rew
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I know right, Hugo! Everything is SJW, everyone needs to be included...

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Milo Rastapopoulos
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5 years ago

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But Serena Williams is a male player too.

Sheralyn
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hello Milo. Keep going with the trolling, you're doing great.

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Patrick Bateman
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How is this sexist? The journalist was trying to ask a question about a player and Murray was the one who brought gender into it. This is a perfect example of people overreacting to nothing. Its like people are just looking for something to bitch about.

Fernando Taveira
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The journalist "just" ignored the efforts and accomplishments of female tennis players in the US. Maybe it was a mistake (or not) but women are often forgotten in our society. It's was a good intervention.

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Victor Vakaras
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In this context making a gender distinction was unnecessary. When they're interviewing a male basketball player do they mention women's basketball? Probably not. Everyone is so overly sensitive.

Jolijn Njamin-Geurts van Kessel
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If he would've really been the first player, but isn't the first player, he's the first male player, since a female is the first one.

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Andrew Iddenden
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He was talking to Murray about the Men's game and quite obviously meant the US men.......but just like everything today touchy feely pc snowflakes find something that isn't there and consequently are doing more damage than good to any real sexism issues.

lazy panda
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How do you 100% know that this is what the reporter meant? Were you there?

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Mack
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5 years ago

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Well, he just made a mistake... What's sexist about it?

Michał Jastrzębski
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shame that this only works one way, and no female player would correct that :) then again, what to expect ?

Stille20
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A female player would not have to correct it. A reporter would specifically say "first female" whatever when they posed the question.

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Arclight
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5 years ago

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...so referring to this smart ass as a male is a problem... another politically correct liberal idiot, stick to tennis

Jonathan Eatsalot
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5 years ago

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It's almost as if the reporter was talking to a Male tennis player and asking him about another male tennis player. If you want to be offended, you will.

Bob 2.0
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Can you please stop trolling Bored Panda. I'm sick of seeing your comments.

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tbbaot
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Gender war alive and well. Political correctness is the sick tool of liberalism so everyone can be offended over nothing

Sheralyn
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Those who don't think it's sexist are basically saying Andy Murray (and his mum) were also too sensitive. Frankly i'm more inclined to take the viewpoint of a professional male tennis player immersed in global sporting culture and its norms, than random conservative commenters here whining about how calling out sexism is a tool of the snowflake liberals, but maybe that's just me.

Maxine Clark
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Conservatives don't whine, nor do they use it as a tool against Snowflakes. It is a fact however, that Snowflakes do use whining as their way of coping, while some just suck their thumb.

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Carolina Ren
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Your mamma raised you right Andy <3

Edwin Lesperance
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe his momma AND his 'male parent' as well.

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Fernando Taveira
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nowdays, being fair and defend equality is "political correctness" or "overly sensitive". -.-' It's better to say stupid things, spit on the floor and be proud of being an idiot? I weep for humanity.