Take a bit of racism, add a smidgen of sexism and mix well with one male ego. Yield: Internationally acclaimed journalist Martin Bashir.
Ok, I know I’m a bit late on this one, but I wanted add my two pennies on the incident where journalist Martin Bashir’s attempt at humour managed to offend his audience and most thinking people who heard about it.
This professional communicator, a journalist who until now has been respected worldwide, was invited to speak at Asian American Journalists Association annual banquet and decided to say that he was “happy to be in the midst of so many Asian babes. In fact, I’m happy that the podium covers me from the waist down.”
Known as the man who heard Princess Diana’s confessions and who told the real story about Michael Jackson, he has in space of a few seconds, demolished a good reputation that has taken his whole career to build.
He told the assembly that a speech should “be like a dress on a beautiful woman – long enough to cover the important parts and short enough to keep your interest.” Nice. Way to neatly objectify women in general. But then he went on to refer this analogy directly to Emmy Award-winning journalist Juju Chang, his co-host for the event. Could he possibly be more offensive?
He has since issued an apology, and quite right too. But really, what was he thinking? Under what circumstances did he think such a tasteless joke in the first place? He says he was being ironic. Really?
What a dork.