BBC's John Humphrys accused of 'xenophobia and sexism' after interview with British tennis star Johanna Konta

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BBC's John Humphrys accused of 'xenophobia and sexism' after interview with British tennis star Johanna Konta

Post by Thorin on Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:39 pm

Veteran BBC presenter John Humphrys has been accused of xenophobia and sexism after an interview with British tennis star Johanna Konta. Listeners to BBC’s Today Programme on Radio 4 were incensed to hear him question Ms Konta’s British citizenship after she made it to the semi-finals of Wimbledon.

The 26-year-old had to clarify that she had lived in the country for half of her life - and that she had represented Britain in the Olympics.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/18/bbcs-john-humphrys-accused-xenophobia-sexism-interview-british/

How was it sexist or xenophobic by asking a question over what she saw herself as?

He never said she could not be did he?

Seriously what is wrong with some people?

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Re: BBC's John Humphrys accused of 'xenophobia and sexism' after interview with British tennis star Johanna Konta

Post by Tommy Monk on Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:00 am

'...The presenter asked: “We talk about you as being British but you were born in Hungary, Australian citizenship, and I seem to remember that the Australian High Commissioner when you won the quarter-final said ‘Great to see an Aussie win’ and we were saying ‘Great to see a Brit win’ – so what are you?”

Ms Konta laughed incredulously before she replied: “I was actually born in Australia to Hungarian parents but I’ve lived here for half my life now almost and I’m a British citizen and I’m incredibly proud to represent Great Britain… I’ve represented Britain in the Olympics so I’m definitely a British athlete.”...'




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