I’m not a football fan at all, so I mostly missed the controversy over ESPN commentator Brent Musburger praising the beauty of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron’s girlfriend Katherine Webb. Ms. Webb is also Ms. Alabama, and is certainly quite striking.
Here’s the video if you missed it:
Apparently saying a lady is beautiful, and that her fella is a lucky guy, is quite controversial these days:
“It’s extraordinarily inappropriate to focus on an individual’s looks,” said Sue Carter, a professor of journalism at Michigan State. “In this instance, the appearance of the quarterback’s girlfriend had no bearing on the outcome of the game. It’s a major personal violation, and it’s so retrograde that it’s embarrassing. I think there’s a generational issue, but it’s incumbent on people practicing in these eras to keep up and this is not a norm.”
ESPN planned in advance to mention that Webb, an Auburn graduate, is dating McCarron. But when Musburger’s gushing over her went too far, some staffers in the production truck at the stadium “cringed.” Soon after, John Wildhack, ESPN’s executive vice president of production, told Musburger through the announcer’s earpiece that he had to “move on,” according to a person briefed on the conversation.
The network apologized for Musburger’s comments Tuesday.
What a bunch of touchy, prudish a-holes we’ve become.
I don’t see anything wrong in what Musburger said, and apparently Ms. Webb’s parents agree.
He saw a lovely lady in the crowd. He praised her beauty, and said her boyfriend is a lucky guy.
But we do so love being outraged, don’t we?