Barry Norman 'Accused Of Sexism': 3 Presenters Who've Been Branded Sexist

11/09/2012 12:37

Veteran presenter Barry Norman has been accused of sexism, The Telegraph reports.

The 79-year-old film critic was reportedly slammed for his description of Julia Roberts in the 1990 film Pretty Woman as "every man's dream hooker", which appeared in his column in the Radio Times.

One reader, Jackie Grant from Oxford, claimed Norman had made "four sexist remarks in just a few lines".

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Richard Gere (as Edward Lewis) and Julia Roberts (as Vivian Ward) in Pretty Woman

He is reported to have said: "I was merely describing in shorthand how these films depict women, not advancing my own views. If people don’t have the intelligence to see that, it is not my fault. I’m not old fashioned."

Norman is not the first presenter to be accused of sexism...

The Hell's Kitchen host compared Australian TV newscaster Tracy Grimshaw to a pig by flashing a doctored picture of a naked woman on all fours, with the features of a pig and multiple breasts.

Sports presenter Andy Gray was sensationally sacked by Sky for 'unacceptable and offensive behaviour' last year over disparaging off-air comments about assistant referee Sian Massey and West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady.

Gray and Richard Keys were heard discussing Massey's appointment for a football game, speaking when they believed their microphones were switched off. They agreed that female officials "don't know the offside rule".

Meanwhile, Jeremy Clarkson has repeatedly been rapped for sexist comments. And after Gray's sacking, Clarkson and his fellow Top Gear presenters James May and Richard Hammond told of their fears other presenters could be sacked for voicing their opinions off-air.

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