June 7, 2009
Gordon Ramsay “offensive to every Australian woman”
Gordon Ramsay has been widely criticised in Australia and the UK after he launched into a vicious sexist attack on a journalist during a TV appearance.
In front of an audience of thousands at a food and win show in Melbourne, Ramsay held up a picture of a naked woman posing on her hands and knees, with the features of a pig and multiple breasts. “That’s Tracy Grimshaw,” joked Ramsay as the audience gasped.
Tracy Grimshaw, dubbed ‘Australia’s Fern Britton’, was interviewing Ramsay for the programme A Current Affair.
Ramsay unleashed a torrent of abuse at Grimshaw, in which he called the heterosexual journalist “a lesbian”.
Ramsay also commented on her weight and and made fun of a facial mole: “Is that a wart? It looks like your little sister’s on your lip.”
He also later made disparaging comments about Grimshaw’s appearance: “I had an interview with her yesterday – holy crap – she needs to see Simon Cowell’s Botox doctor.”
Melinda Tankard Reist, of Women’s Forum Australia, said Ramsay should be dumped by his sponsors for his attack.
“Ramsay’s sexist and demeaning actions are offensive to every Australian woman,” she said.
“Why should he get paid for depicting a woman as an animal and publicly deriding her looks? He shouldn’t make money through the verbal abuse of women.
“Ramsay is no longer welcome here. The sponsors of his trip should immediately remove their support and send him packing.”
Ramsay told the Herald Sun he was upset that anyone thought his “light-hearted banter” was sexist.
The chef said he was planning to speak to Grimshaw and hoped she had taken it in good humour. “She’s a pro,” he said. “When you have a bit of banter . . . it’s by no means there to upset anybody, especially her.
“The sexist thing, that was the thing that upset me.”
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