Thursday 29 September 2016

'She must be going clubbing' - BBC presenter's skirt sends Olympic Games viewers into meltdown

Geraldine Gittens

Published 10/08/2016 | 17:58

Helen Skelton (right) with former swimmers Mark Foster and Rebecca Adlington. Photo: BBC
Helen Skelton (right) with former swimmers Mark Foster and Rebecca Adlington. Photo: BBC

A sexism row has erupted among BBC viewers after remarks were made that presenter Helen Skelton’s skirt was too revealing.

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Helen Skelton, who was presenting the BBC’s coverage of the swimming at Rio, was trending on Twitter after some observers claimed that her outfit was inappropriate.

However, a furious backlash quickly ensued from others who pointed out that she was presenting from the humid Aquatics Centre.

Skelton’s co-hosts Rebecca Adlington and Mark Foster were also wearing light summer wear.

Skelton's short dress sparked a reaction on Twitter. Photo: BBC
Skelton's short dress sparked a reaction on Twitter. Photo: BBC

The presenter, who has completed the Namibian ultra marathon and travelled further in a kayak than any other woman, was the topic of much debate between BBC viewers.

One viewer said: "Helen Skelton should get a gold medal for that dress oh my."

One viewer said: 'Skelton's short dress sparked a reaction on Twitter'. Photo: BBC
One viewer said: 'Skelton's short dress sparked a reaction on Twitter'. Photo: BBC

Another hit back saying: "Here's an idea. Why don't people comment on Helen Skelton's journalistic talents and not what she is wearing? Absolutely shameful comments."

Take a look at what people said:

@justinrose99 @markfosterswim @beckadlington @bbcsport extra guest for this evenings finals

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