Caution: real person wins Olympic medal

By skepticlawyer

Bryony Shaw wins unexpected medal, drops F-Bomb on national telly, BBC apologises. It doesn’t get any funnier.

British Olympic medalist Bryony Shaw has prompted an apology from the BBC after expressing her euphoria in inappropriate terms during a post-race interview. Expressing her delight at clinching a bronze in the dramatic windsurfing competition in Qingdao, Shaw told the nation “I am so f***ing happy.”

As a mate of mine says – a giant ‘who cares’? What do they expect when they drag half-dead Olympians straight from the sporting field and ask them to summarize the experience?

The BBC statement ran as follows:

A spokesman for the BBC said: “We apologise for any offense caused earlier today when Bryony Shaw swore live on air having just won an Olympic bronze medal in the windsurfing event.

“Our reporter on the spot Rob Walker apologised immediately and Adrian Chiles apologised again when the footage cut back to the studio.”

Obviously wouldn’t fly in Oz – the House of Commons is positively genteel compared to the Aztec temple on the Hill in Canberra.


  1. Ken
    Posted August 21, 2008 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Beaut story, thanks.
    But sad that asterisks have to be used in the blog, I guess because of filters.
    The net is becoming more nanny-ish than TV or the MSM.

  2. Posted August 22, 2008 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Did you see the interview with Sally McClellan?!?
    THAT was hilarious, she was all over the place! “is this real?” “Did you see me?” Of course we bloody saw you!

  3. Posted August 22, 2008 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    I’m in the UK, so don’t see anything featuring medal-winners from countries other than the UK, but that doesn’t matter – the Brits have had their fair share of people bouncing around all over the place being real after winning. I just really liked Shaw’s reaction, it was so natural and unaffected – except the ‘watershed’ is taken very seriously over here so the Beeb apologised for her swearing.

    The asterisks were in the original – I just brought them over from the Telegraph’s site. But yes, I probably would be wary of putting them on the front page. I couldn’t look at blogs with swearing in one of my old jobs – the company filter would block the page.

  4. Posted August 22, 2008 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Given the lack of professionalism and integrity of the BBC in the way of ideological bias, they have got a lot more to be apologetic about than a wayward f word or two. The apology is so genteel, it makes you think of the days of the legendary Lord Reith when newsreaders on radio (yes,radio, you know, the wireless) had to wear dinner suits. And now the BBC front people are under fire for “dressing down”.

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