Saturday, 13 August 2016
BBC Apologises For Homophobic Commentator During Olympic Coverage
BBC commentator Paul Hand has come under criticism following his 'ill judged' comments during coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Paul Hand was commentating on a tennis match between Johanna Konta and Svetlana Kuznetsova when the comment was made. During a break in play the camera moved around the grounds, engaging in 'kiss cam' activity with members of the audience.
Hand joined in with the activity, encouraging members of the audience to kiss, telling one couple 'come on, let's have a kiss'. He then went on to make a 'joke' by saying, 'let's hope they don't go on to two blokes sat next to each other'.
Whilst this kind of comment may go over the heads of a lot of people many who recognised it as the everyday homophobia that it is took to social media to condemn both Hand and the BBC.
The BBC have since released a statement of apology, 'The comment was ill judged and we apologise to any of our viewers who were offended'. Paul Hand himself has yet to release a statement on the incident.