Opinion

Opinion: Gayle’s a grub but this has gone far enough

CONTRIBUTED

PLOT twist: Chris Gayle is actually a feminist performance artist so devoted to his craft that he developed a seamless Jamaican accent and pretended to care about cricket for 20-odd years.

Sadly, no.

The self-styled Caribbean Adonis of Twenty20 boundary-chasing acted like a slimy cretin, cracking onto a journalist during a live feed and embarrassing her six ways from Sunday in front of a national audience.

Being a professional, Mel McLaughlin stifled the urge to jam the microphone up his proverbial block hole.

Despite Chris Gayle not being a method-acting Germaine Greer propped up on Milo tin stilts, his bludgeon-dumb actions have at least let sportsmen around Australia know what is and what is not acceptable.

Having a different chromosome does not entitle you to act like a scuzzbag and humiliate members of the opposite sex.

It should never have been in doubt.

But once the dust settled, I made a fatal mistake and read the comments sections.

Hearing from drongos saying she was not dressed in a hessian sack and was therefore "asking for it" makes my skull numb.

These are the same "F*** off, we're full" dropkicks who get cold sweats and convulsions when they spot a woman sporting a headscarf.

But equally berserk are the nouveau puritans who think no man should look at a woman without written permission signed and witnessed by a Justice of the Peace.

If the internet is anything to go by (so help us) their ranks are swelling alongside the number of ways to hurt their feelings.

Cracking onto someone with humiliation as the goal is a grotty act. So is piling on unwanted pick-up attempts that make someone's skin crawl.

But those hell-bent on making the world an antiseptic misery have me asking: is it now a damnable offence to ever ask a work colleague on a date?

I suppose the all-conquering spread of Tinder means non-digital interaction is unnecessary until pictures and ;) winks have been exchanged over the internet.

I will never experience what women go through on a daily basis and I understand that we men need to seriously look at how our actions affect others.

The way I see it: if you treat women like dirt, you cannot possibly love your mum.

This issue needed to be discussed but I really hope this Chris Gayle frenzy has reached its logical conclusion.

Because some nut job in North Korea apparently just dropped an H-bomb.

- APN NEWSDESK

Topics:  chris calcino chris gayle cricket strange politics



Wooli grom Carly Shanahan shines at Aus Open of Surfing

TOP TURN: Wooli grommet Carly Shanahan carves the face of a solid right-hander at the Australian Open of Surfing in Manly.

Shanahan comes third in Manly competition

WATCH: Rebels put Navy to the trident

The victorious South Grafton Rebels squad after clinching a dominant victory against Navy Tridents.

See all the action from Rebels final trial match against Tridents.

Flash floods on the cards for Clarence Valley

rain Hits Coffs Harbour Fit touch world cup as play is suspended.
Photo:Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate
19 April 2015

Storms could deliver more rain than predicted

Local Partners

The true cause of the Oscars bungle

THE Oscars have ended with a moment that left everyone speechless — but not in a way anyone expected.

HUGE OSCARS FAIL: Wrong film handed Best Picture award

Presenter Warren Beatty shows the envelope with the actual winner for best picture as host Jimmy Kimmel, left, looks on at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The winner was originally announced as La La Land, but was later corrected to Moonlight.

IN A monumental stuff-up, La La Land incorrectly named Best Picture.

Blue Heelers' Ditch Davey joins 800 Words cast

Ditch Davey joins the cast of 800 Words as Terry, the younger brother of George, played by Erik Thomson.

George Turner's brother, Terry, arrives to Weld with a 'few demons'

Oscars winners 2017: Full list of Academy Award winners

Viola Davis accepts the award for best actress in a supporting role for Fences at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

WHO won Oscars this year? Here’s a full list of every winner.

Why can’t Nicole Kidman clap properly?

Nicole Kidman's style of clapping has puzzled Oscars viewers.

FOR some reason, it seems Nicole doesn’t really know how to clap.

Muslim actor makes Oscars history

Mahershala Ali accepts the award for best actor in a supporting role for Moonlight at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

MOONLIGHT star Mahershala Ali makes Academy Award history.

NO ONE OFF LIMITS: Kimmel burns down the house at Oscars

Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

HOST delivers a torrent of abuse on Hollywood’s night of nights.

Mining homes dive: $600k homes sell for $120k-$300k

18 Yeates Street, Moranbah sold for $135,000 in December, after being repossessed by a bank. The owners bought for $545,000 in August, 2011.

The economy still has two speeds, but with a painful twist

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

Historic home 'Fairweather' up for action

Fairweather

Historic property owned for last 35 years up for sale

A piece of Clarence Valley heritage up for grabs

The historic house \"Ravensford\" located at 36 Villiers St in Grafton is currently on the market at McKimms Real Estate.

Take a look inside iconic home 'Ravenford'

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!