Campese in sexist tweet storm

2012-11-28 07:43

Sydney - Australian great David Campese was slammed by current and former players on Wednesday after a tweet questioning whether women journalists should be writing about rugby.

Campese, Australia's record try scorer famed for his goose-stepping runs on the wing, posted on Wednesday morning about Sydney Morning Herald journalist Georgina Robinson, who is covering Australia's current tour of Europe.

"Why does the smh get a girl to write about rugby. Growden who was a great journo and now we have someone who has no idea about the game!" he tweeted.

"Growden" is the newspaper's long-time rugby writer Greg Growden who recently took redundancy.

Campese, who played 101 Tests, scoring a then-record 64 tries, has since deleted the tweet, but not before an online backlash, including from Wallaby flank David Pocock, currently in Wales ahead of this weekend's Test.

"Really sad to see journos attacked based on their gender. Or a grown woman referred to as a 'girl'," Pocock said on Twitter.

Former league and union player Wendell Sailor also criticised the comment.

"Well good morning to u Campo & I have to say u are on ur own with this comment, it's 2012 champ," he tweeted.

Campese later responded: "Sometimes it is good to see some people react to (a) thing you say. Please relax and see the light side of life. All press are the same."


  • leatitia.mckay - 2012-11-28 07:54

    What a typical Australian comment

      omge.klits - 2012-11-28 08:17

      So they gave Crisis in Oz a job at the SMH ? Must be her - Campese said the new writer has no idea about the game.

      delish7564 - 2012-11-28 08:18

      You really think it is only Australian men who make chauvinistic need to get out more :)

      leatitia.mckay - 2012-11-28 08:44

      Im doing fine thanks Delish :)

      sheamus.drager - 2012-11-28 08:47

      Just because you have done "it", doesn't mean you can talk / write about "it". By the same token, just because you can talk or write, doesn't mean you know what you are talking about. I have never read the lady in questions articles, so I won't comment on the quality. There are however a number of journalists / pundits who should just keep quiet.

      patrick.mbense - 2012-11-28 09:11

      I agree with Campo on this one to be honest!!

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-11-28 13:46

      hahahaha love it omge.klits

  • hendrik.pienaar - 2012-11-28 08:00

    Eh who cares. The guy is a fool who can't stop talking about himself.

  • - 2012-11-28 08:03

    hahaha, he might be an Australian legend but there is a reason he is no longer in Australia they can't stand him.. He is an idiot!

      allhaleto.theale - 2012-11-28 11:33

      Well Jason I am with you on this one. I went into his rugby shop in Sydney many years ago looking for a Springbok jersey. He gave me a very sarcastic comment about why would he have a Springbok jersey in a Canterbury shop. I only realised afterward that it was a stupid question but the response was totally uncalled for considering I was a prospective customer. He wasn't exactly South African friendly then so he can bugger off home for all I care.

  • - 2012-11-28 08:14

    Sexist? Umm ja whatever he just shouldn't have used the world girl. Now everybody have soiled their pants & panties...good business for OMO and Sta Soft.

      omge.klits - 2012-11-28 09:09

      Good thing he didn't tweet anything about a goose step. . . . .

  • delish7564 - 2012-11-28 08:15

    Personally I don't really think it should matter on a commentator's gender so long as they are knowledgable and passionate about the sport or whatever subject they are commentating on!

      omge.klits - 2012-11-28 09:11

      So you all for a man writing about the experience of giving birth ?

      Madoqua - 2012-11-28 10:33

      You put your finger right on the problem omge.klits. In the same tone you might ask if it is ok for a female to write about giving birth if she never had children, even if said women is a world renowned gynecologist. In short, just like Campese, your are a chauvinist. Are all good sports writers former players? If think not. Why link gender to ability if insight and knowledge is equal?

      omge.klits - 2012-11-28 14:14

      @madoqua - but I didn't link gender to an issue where the ability is the same . . .

  • neutedop.opinie - 2012-11-28 08:29

    Well, I agree. I want the technical stuff, and some of it you can only get from actually playing the game. Which prop is at fault, why the defence is in a certain patern etc. You can not explain that, only experience can teach you. So all for woman empowerment, but the in-depth analysis lacks. Same with woman rugby - I can not take it serious!

  • robert.p.gemmell - 2012-11-28 08:40

    I think he is jealous cause she may know more about the game than him. Honestly this is typical from an Aussie who was a legend and now has lost my respect. Has he read any of her articles or asked her some questions about the game obviously not looser.

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-11-28 08:56

    Another Aussie twit making a stupid remark.

  • avanwyk2 - 2012-11-28 09:04

    Ja in SA we get attacked based on gender and colour....and its legal. I wonder what other countries will say when they hear about all the discrimination in SA.

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  • wayne.redman.7 - 2012-11-28 09:22

    Campo--you have my vote--as they say--another empty kitchen

  • SirFGrumpy - 2012-11-28 11:51

    What the ANC proletariat do this all the time, that's why Campo said it! He was influenced by the likes of Juluis Malema, Blade Nzimande et al. You know they say things like "coach-roaches, white madam, concubine etc."

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