Ex Chelsea Footballer Jason Cundy who wasn’t invited to commentate on the world cup said Women shouldn’t be allowed to commentate on games because their voices are too high-pitched.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain to debate whether women should be able to commentate on football games, Cundy told Morgan and his co-host, Susanna Reid, “I prefer to listen to a male voice. I think with their [women’s] voice it’s very different.” Cundy went on to explain that whether the hypothetical woman in question was good at her job was rather irrelevant to him because she would still have a woman’s voice.
The debate was pegged to the news story that, earlier in the week, Vicki Sparks became the first woman to commentate on a live World Cup game on British TV. It’s already happening, so giving sexists the airtime to espouse an already defunct opinion is, at best, a waste of time and, at worst, a chance to fuel the exclusion of women from one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
Both the BBC and ITV have increased the number of women presenting and commentating throughout their World Cup coverage. As well as Sparks, the BBC also has Gabby Logan on presenting duty and ex-Arsenal and England player Alex Scott providing her punditry. On ITV, while the first female commentator on Match Of The Day, Jacqui Oatley, presents, Eni Aluko is offering her expert opinions on the games.
After being rebuked by both presenters, Cundy carried on to ask whether they would like to listen to comedian Joe Pasquale – famous for his high voice – commentate on a game, to the rightful contradiction from Reid that Pasquale has absolutely no experience in football whatsoever. Cundy then compared his argument to having a preference for Ed Sheeran or Celine Dion. The whole exchange was rather baffling – which raises the question why Good Morning Britain felt this needed to be debated at all.
On this issue, I have this to say; he Cundy is fighting the wrong battle, it’s another case of gender equality. As long as the person in question is professional and knows what he or she is doing, then gender voice shouldn’t be criteria of favouritism. Maybe the fear of competition to come for males in the business is what annoys him. We seemly didn’t have a choice but now we do