Smith speaks on 'Penisgate'
Graeme Smith (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Graeme Smith and his wife, Morgan Deane, have spoken for the first time
since the controversial ‘Penisgate’ story
broke on Wednesday with both
downplaying the incident in which Deane sent her husband an open
message saying “I have the perfect book for you” along with a photograph
of a book entitled: “How to live with a huge penis.”
“Morgan was in a book shop looking for a baby book she had been
recommended,” Smith explained. “ She was in the medical/health section
of the shop when she saw that book and was obviously taken by surprise.
On the spur of the moment she tweeted it to me. It was obviously just
meant to be innocent humour,” Smith said.
Deane, who was born and resident in Ireland all her life until
marrying the national cricket captain a year ago and moving to Cape
Town, could not understand why the incident had caused such a stir: “I
come from a country in which sense of humour and the ability to laugh at
ourselves and each other is actually an intrinsic part of the culture,”
“I’ve been shocked to read and hear some of the things people have
said about me and Graeme. People would simply have laughed and moved on
in Ireland. I cannot believe the fuss -- it seems completely out of
proportion to me.”
Smith admitted that both of them had been reminded, once again, about
the “potential pitfalls” of using social media. “We both enjoy using
Twitter and 99.9% of the time we have genuine, friendly and positive
interaction with our followers. I guess we just need to be more mindful
of the other 0.1%,” Smith said.