Snowboarding Commentators Receive Criticism
The BBC welcomed 22-year-old British snowboarder Aimee Fuller into the announcing booth for the women’s snowboarding slopestyle on Sunday.
Broadcasters Ed Leigh and Tom Warwood joined Fuller, commentating the event.
The network faced criticism after Fuller and the commentators cheered when fellow-British snowboarder’s competitor fell.
While Fuller didn’t make the finals as a competitor, she rooted for teammate Jenny Jones to take home the gold. Austria’s Anna Gasser fell during her turn, resulting in Fuller’s controversial cheers.
Viewers complained that the cheering of the commentators lacked standards.
Shortly after celebrating, Fuller said, “Are we supposed to do that? Probably not.”
All three commentators then began crying when it became clear that Jones had won the bronze medal.
Warwood immediately took to twitter, seemingly unaware of his unprofessional and bias cheers.
Snowboarding just won the Olympics and I just cried Live on BBC2! If I get fired I'm invoicing you @jennyjonessnow Love ya JJ. X
— TIM WARWOOD (@Tim_Warwood) February 9, 2014
When US snowboarder Karly Shorr began her run the comment, “She’s got a face that could help bread rise”; “this feels like I’ve got slugs in my knickers”; and “riding switch [back-to-front] is like writing left-handed while wearing a chip hat and being attacked by seagulls,” was said.
Twitter ignited with comments about the remarks and commentators.
— Jeremy Sare (@JeremySare) February 9, 2014
A BBC spokesperson chalked the commentary up as a “truly historic occasion.” ”
“However we acknowledge that on occasion this excitement got the better of them and this is something that we will work on for future events,” they continued.
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