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TV presenter walks out of sport awards over sexism

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Posted: 10/05/22 - 01:00
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An organisation representing Scottish sports writers has apologised after an awards event speech prompted a walkout.

TV presenter Eilidh Barbour was among guests who left Sunday's Scottish Football Writers' Association (SFWA) gala dinner in Glasgow in protest.

Ms Barbour tweeted that she had "never felt so unwelcome in the industry" while others have described the jokes as "sexist, racist and homophobic".

The SFWA said it apologised to anyone "offended or upset" by the speech.

It has also promised to review and improve the format of the annual dinner, which involves the presentation of awards including player and manager of the year.

The controversy centred on jokes made in a speech by Bill Copeland, a lawyer who works on the after-dinner speaking circuit.BBC and Sky Sports presenter Barbour was among two tables of guests who were so offended that they walked out in protest.

Journalist and author Gabriella Bennett, who was at one of the tables, told BBC Radio Scotland's Lunchtime Live programme she had heard misogynistic comments at previous SFWA events, but that Sunday's speech was "the next level".

"I walked out after about five minutes of maybe a 20-minute speech, and within those five minutes it was rammed with sexist jokes," she said.

She said she finally decided to go after hearing an "offensive racial slur".

Ms Bennett continued: "My table stood up to leave and I saw Eilidh Barbour and people on her table stand up to leave - but it's also worth pointing out there were lots of people laughing at these jokes.

"We were two tables in an enormous room and lots of people found it really funny."

I Call Bull: How was this even green lit in this day and age? Just shows football, for all the gains its made recently regarding the womens side of the game, still has a hell of a long way to go.
Calling bull on this sort of thing for sure.

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No room for this in todays society, they should have checked the material before he was hired.
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The old after dinner corporate scene seems a few decades out of date here by the sounds of things.
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Not seen any of the jokes so cant comment, but this is the more sensible way of protesting against a comedian, and not by doing a Will Smith.