Even though the kisscam is at long last no longer a sports arena fixture for straight couples only, an announcer for the BBC is in hot water for stating that the absolute worst thing that NBC’s cameras in Rio could show viewers back home would be “two blokes” smooching.
The BBC apologized for the homophobic remark by Olympics tennis commentator Paul Hand, as PinkNews and Gay Star News reported. Although the London-based network has no control over what NBC’s cameras show, the executives do have control over Hand, who declared as the cameras panned the crowd in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: “Let’s hope they don’t go on to two blokes sat next to each other.”
Hand has been a broadcaster for some time now. He traded his tennis racket for a microphone and headphones after reaching the finals at Wimbledon in 1994.
And this remark scored no “love” from tennis fans on Twitter.
— Ciarán Clarke (@Narcassa) August 10, 2016
@BBCSport Could you tell your tennis commentators that two men kissing is ok, and they should avoid being homophobic? That would be grand.
— (((NissMassarano))) (@nmassarano) August 9, 2016
— Alun Saunders (@alunsaunders) August 10, 2016
@BBCRedButton could the idiot commentator, please cease making homophobic comments about the kisscam at the Konta match
— Frew (@TheFrew68) August 9, 2016
— Gary Patrick Brown (@gpb1979) August 9, 2016
Of course not everyone thought Hand was being homophobic… just stupid.
— Andy West (@AndyWestTV) August 10, 2016