Barbie comment not appropriate: BCC tells Chris Hughes after The Hundred presenter faces backlash
The BBC has informed a presenter that his remark about an Australian cricket player who is female was "not appropriate" after he referred to her as "little Barbie" during a match interview earlier this week.
On Tuesday, after Maitlan Brown revealed her Southern Brave squad had bonded by playing a practise game and going to the movies to see "Barbie," presenter Chris Hughes made the remark to the sportswoman.
Hughes said, "You're a little Barbie yourself with those blue eyes," and continued, "She's blushing now."
In a statement provided to Crichistory.in on Thursday, a BBC representative said: "We have spoken to Chris and explained that his comment was not appropriate."
The Trent Rockets were defeated by the Braves and all-rounder Brown's team in the opening game of "The Hundred," a franchise cricket competition with a UK base, by a score of 27 runs.
In November of last year, Maitlan Brown participated for the Sixers in the Women's Big Bash League. In November of last year, Maitlan Brown participated for the Sixers in the Women's Big Bash League.
Hughes, who gained notoriety in 2017 as a participant on the reality dating programme "Love Island," is a member of the BBC's presenter lineup for "The Hundred," and she has also contributed to ITV's coverage of horse racing. His remarks towards Brown drew backlash on social media.
Hughes is "young enough to know better," according to LBC host Nick Ferrari, while a Twitter user wrote: "Had to rewind to make sure I had it right. It took some time to look back a few decades, but yup, it was there.