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Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Cricket writer watched hardcore porn while reporting on match at MCG



Cricketer Chris Gayle's sexist and inappropriate interview with a female reporter has lifted the lid on an all-too common "bloke" culture in sport that objectifies women.

As more women came forward to reveal their own horror encounters with Gayle following his offensive comments to Australian journalist Mel McLaughlin on live TV, a prominent Australian sports writer said that the cricketer was just the tip of the iceberg.

The Guardian Australia's deputy sport editor Russell Jackson wrote that a fellow journalist openly watched hardcore pornography on his laptop while reporting on Australia v the West Indies at the MCG last week.

Jackson said that the unnamed "accredited member of the media" shocked colleagues at the match as he switched between his match report and the "constant stream of hardcore pornography".

The reporter only stopped when an MCG official stepped in and asked him to stop.

"The thing that initially staggered me was the sheer audacity of it, that the presence of both female and male colleagues, who were sitting metres away with clear views of his screen, hadn't been enough to deter him and that he felt perfectly comfortable doing it in full view," wrote Jackson.

"Eventually, as the second day of this bizarre routine kicked off, this fervent porn consumer had to be awkwardly approached and told by an administrator of reasonable authority that not only could those female and male colleagues see what he was doing but that they'd appreciate it if he stopped. He did, admirably restraining himself for the rest of the day.

"I mention this admittedly extreme but also entirely truthful account of the scenario primarily to set a scene - one, in my experience, that plays out in any number of workplaces where men still outnumber women. It's a scene of male entitlement and arrested development.

"And here's the thing; the situation above, as it was unfolding, did also prompt chuckles from both women and men present, but once they subsided, mostly it just made people feel uncomfortable. In many workplaces, just as in life itself, women are made to feel uncomfortable every single day."

Jackson's blog will strike a chord with many sports journalists.

Australian media outlets are reporting other females have experienced similar behaviour from Gayle with one labelling him a "creep".

Accusations have emerged that Gayle exposed his genitals to a female staff member who was with the West Indies team during last year's Cricket World Cup.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the woman went inside the dressing room to get a sandwich when she thought all the players were on the field, only to find Gayle and another player standing there in towels.

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