Rob Jessel and Madison Smith have a piece in The Critic about the BBC and its dishonest reporting of weightlifter Laurel Hubbard.
Laurel Hubbard is a woman. If you don’t believe so, you’re a bigot and should be reported to the police for hate crime.
That was the message BBC Sport tweeted to its 9.3 million followers yesterday evening in response to criticism of its gushing profile on the 43-year-old male New Zealand weightlifter.
As it happens, Hubbard failed all his lifts yesterday. But the issue here is bigger than Hubbard, bigger even than the issue of men taking part in women’s sports. It’s about the infantilisation of debate by our national public broadcaster, and its threats against women for the crime of speaking up for their rights.
The whole thing is well worth reading if you have the stomach for it. Sometimes I wonder - maybe the BBC is best ignored as too odious to be worth the effort. Yet the effort has to be made.