Chris Gayle Slammed for 'Sexist' Reply to Woman Journalist's Question

Updated: 18 July 2014 21:17 IST

A women's rights group has criticised Chris Gayle for his 'offensive' reply when asked his views on the playing track ahead of a Caribbean Premier League match.

Chris Gayle Slammed for 'Sexist' Reply to Woman Journalist's Question
Chris Gayle made an 'unacceptable' statement during a press conference but Caribbean Premier League has backed him saying the batsman was just having a laugh. © AFP

St Antigua:

A women's rights group here has condemned as "sexist" remarks made by Jamaica Tallawahs captain Chris Gayle to a female journalist at a media conference.

And the group, Women Against Rape (WAR) headed by gender equity advocate Alexandrina Wong, has also criticised the response by the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) to the incident, reports CMC.

Ahead of Thursday's CPL clash here between Tallawahs and Antigua Hawksbills, Gayle, a former West Indies Test skipper, was asked Wednesday by the journalist: "How does the pitch feel so far in terms of the training (and) the weather?"

The 34-year-old Gayle responded: "Well I haven't touched yours yet so I don't know how it feels", before adding "I like your smile; that's nice."

However, the CPL downplayed the incident, saying that Gayle was just sharing a light moment with the female journalist.

"Chris is excited for the tournament and was having a laugh with a journalist, who had a laugh back; there was no malice intended," the Antigua Observer quoted a CPL spokesman as saying.

"The lady in question had a jovial goodbye chat with him and we don't believe this was the action of someone who was offended."

Wong slammed Gayle's statement and also called on the CPL to elicit an apology from the Twenty20 star.

"What it's implying is one person's power over another in the use of the language and so we can either say it's sexist and hegemonic," Wong said, adding that the response from the reporter "indicates that she obviously doesn't know her right to autonomy".

"She obviously doesn't know her right when it comes to agency of body so that she can identify certain types of language, how they allude to her biology and what it's saying about her as a person," Wong said.

"CPL should demand an apology from him because as senior officials they ought to know and to behave better when it comes to gender equality."



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