We see female actors constantly get asked ridiculous, sexist questions while their male co-stars get the heavy-hitting ones. But is it the same in every career? Particularly the world of sports? Well, yes, of course. It doesn’t matter that it’s 2015. For every question about game play and strategy the strongest, smartest, most skilled female athletes in the world get, she’ll get dozens more on her hair, her outfit, her diet and her love life.
Or worse, she’ll be asked to give us a twirl.
Cover the Athlete wants to stop all the asinine questions. The initiative appeals to sports media to ask more appropriate and less ludicrous queries of the women they’re interviewing. In its newest video, male athletes are confronted with the same loose line of questioning female sports stars get day in and day out and the reactions are priceless.
The interviews didn’t really happen with the men; rather, the footage was edited with actual questions female athletes have received over the years. But it couldn’t prove the point any better — from the chipper, clueless journalists to the shocked, disbelieving men. Cover the Athlete’s video implores that media coverage focus on a woman’s performance — not how she looks doing it.