Thursday 21 September 2017

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

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

Geraldine Gittens

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

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

A photo posted by Helen Skelton (@helenskelton) on

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