I was perusing Facebook this morning, and what should appear in my feed? A viral video about double standards in sports coverage.
At first blush, I was mildly irritated because the article that led me to the video was entitled, “This video shows male athletes getting asked the same absurd questions as female athletes,” which is not exactly true. The offending questions are dubbed over the ones that were actually asked to make it appear as if the athletes were reacting to trivial inquiries. For reference, here is the raw footage of Russell Westbrook’s post-game interview from 2014 (apologies for the expletive).
Now, does this take away from the message? I would argue that it does not, though the entertainment site that picked it up gently misrepresented the content to aid in spreading it. The importance of addressing gender bias remains, and the video (garnering 350K views in six days) increases awareness. Reporting imbalance is ubiquitous in American media, permeating sports, politics, entertainment, and the like. I found it especially interesting, given the discussion Jordan started in class on Monday.
Let’s talk about this. What are your thoughts?