Presenter slammed for ‘Barbie’ comment at The Hundred. The Hundred’s women’s race got off to a rocky start after an on-field interview with Maitlan Brown went horribly wrong.
Trent Rockets Women (TRT-W) faced Southern Brave Women (SOB-W) at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, to kick off the Women’s Hundred on Tuesday, August 1. In the curtain raiser, Anya Shrubsole-led SOB-W won by 27 runs.
The individual who was in the spotlight for the wrong reason, on the other hand, wasn’t even in the game. During an on-field live broadcast interview with Australian batsman Maitlan Brown of SOB-W during the first innings, English presenter Chris Hughes irritated viewers with an offensive remark. Hughes appeared in the reality show Love Island for the uninitiated.
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Maitlan Brown shared during the interview that her team watched the movie together to enhance their bonding. The quality of the interview went downhill from here as Hughes shockingly reacted to the comment from Brown by saying, “You’re a little Barbie yourself innit with your blue eyes.”
Brown, 26, appeared perplexed as she attempted an uncomfortable laugh. Hughes has been chastised on social media after the event, with fans labeling his remark as’sexist’ and something that should not be accepted anywhere, including the sports field. To make matters worse, Hughes went on to say that Brown was blushing after hearing his remark.
Fans noticed parallels with an incident during the Big Bash League in 2016, when Chris Gayle’s side, the Melbourne Renegades, fined him USD 10,000 for asking TV reporter Mel McLaughlin for a date on live air. The cricketer was punished for “inappropriate conduct” after winning two T20 World Cups.
Southern Brave Women win the tournament opener
SOB-W batted first and scored 157 runs in their innings. Smriti Mandhana shone with the bat, scoring an exciting 55 off 36 balls with six fours and two sixes. TRT-W were defeated by Nat Sciver-Brunt’s team by 27 runs, thanks to Mary Taylor’s three wickets.
Smriti Mandhana, India’s vice-captain, was named Player of the Match. Harmanpreet Kaur, a compatriot on the opposing side, couldn’t convert her start and was bowled for 22 in 17 balls.