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Tennis Champ Was Asked Ridiculous Question About Boys Instead of Her Win

Posted by on Jan. 22, 2014 at 9:38 AM
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Tennis Champ Was Asked Ridiculous Question About Boys Instead of Her Win (VIDEO)

by Jenny Erikson

Montreal native and tennis champ Eugenie Bouchard will make history on Thursday, as she becomes the first Canadian to play a semi-final match at the Australian Open. She is only the second Canadian to reach the semis in any of the four Grand Slam tournaments, and if she wins, she’ll be the first one ever to win a final.

Even better than that though is that Bouchard came in as the underdog, ranked 30th in the world. Granted, being the 30th best tennis player on the planet is a pretty great accomplishment, but to win the number one spot, that’s a lot of places to climb against some pretty incredible talent.

So what did one reporter want to know about her meteoric rise in the ranks? She wanted to know if she had any celebrity crushes. No joke. Take a look at the video below.


What the heck? What do celebrity crushes have to do with absolutely dominating the courts? I will say that this reporter seems like she was made to ask a question she didn’t really want to ask.

It also seems as though Bouchard was thrown off by it, I mean really, really thrown off, because she answered, “Justin Bieber.” She’s probably been too busy training and working her hiney off improving her game to know that the Biebs has taken a serious nosedive in popularity -- especially in Australia.

But really, what was the point of that? Do NFL players get asked which female celebrity they’d like to go on a date with after scoring the winning touchdown in a championship game? No. But the standards seem to be different for male and female sports competitors.

From PolicyMic.com:

It's no wonder that a recent survey found that 7 out of 10 British female athletes feel they are more valued for their appearance than their athletic performance. Or that more than 3 out of 4 admitted to changing their diet and altering their training regimes due to the heightened scrutiny. Then there's the research which shows female endorsement deals are few and far between and often present women only in a sexualized way. In other words, athletes like Bouchard have no choice but to take questions like this in stride, if they have any chance of securing a lucrative endorsement deal to help them make a living.

Ugh, suck! You’d think in this day and age we’d be over trivializing women’s tremendous accomplishments by asking them to giggle about what boys they like. We’ll save that for our girlfriends over a bottle of wine, just like the boys keep locker-room talk in the locker room. A professional media interview is no place to be asking about an athlete’s fantasy love life, regardless of their gender.

Do you think the celebrity crush question was inappropriate?

by on Jan. 22, 2014 at 9:38 AM
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simplytess
by Member on Jan. 22, 2014 at 9:51 AM
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It's a shame, but hardly suprising, because as women all we like to talk about is guys right?!!!

/end sarcasm

Luvnlogic
by Silver Member on Jan. 22, 2014 at 9:55 AM
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Lame...what an insulting question. Was the follow up "who does your hair?" or "what's your favorite color?".
stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Jan. 22, 2014 at 10:23 AM
Wow really lame. Yes it was inappropriate!
thatgirl70
by Bronze Member on Jan. 22, 2014 at 10:29 AM
Very inappropriate. Let's hope she gets another interview that's worthy of her talent, not wasting her time.
SuperChicken
by on Jan. 22, 2014 at 10:34 AM
2 moms liked this

Wow.  She could have at least asked a hard hitting question like "what's your favourite shade of lipstick."

(extra u added to honour the Canadian heritage, eh!)

supercarp
by Silver Member on Jan. 22, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Inasmuch as girls and women are only useful as sex objects (maybe with a pro sports career on the side) this makes perfect sense.

TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Jan. 22, 2014 at 12:10 PM

 Yes, extremely inappropriate and unprofessional.

_Evenstar_
by on Jan. 22, 2014 at 12:19 PM
Wow
AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Jan. 22, 2014 at 1:06 PM
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So how many boys have you kissed? Are you still a virgin? Really? When did you start shaving your legs? Oh yeah, I heard you won some tennis thingy and I've been told that your back hand was pretty good for a girl. Good for you, sweetheart. Did you meet any cute boys? Maybe "introduce him to mom and dad" fine? Aren't you a little cutie? Well there you have it; back to you Tom, this is ESPN Tennis Talk: serious tennis for serious fans
furbabymum
by on Jan. 22, 2014 at 1:36 PM

 It's terrible what women have to put up with. "You are geetting many fans, many of them males" Well good for the men. Thanks for reminding me they are mastrubating to my picture. Go screw yoruself!

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