Peter Alliss slammed for comment about Sergio Garcia fiancee’s skirt (vid)
Peter Alliss, the iconic golf analyst for the BBC, is under fire over a hot-mic comment made about the skirt worn by Angela Akins during Sergio Garcia’s Masters victory Sunday.
Golf commentator Peter Alliss, 86, makes second sexism gaffe in a week https://t.co/1UL4NdbKpG pic.twitter.com/kzv6iA8cYM
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) April 11, 2017
Alliss, 86, was caught on mic making a questionable comment about Akins, Garcia’s fiancee, during the BBC’s broadcast of the Masters as she stood next to the green celebrating her beau’s playoff victory at Augusta National Golf Club.
“She’s got the shortest skirt on the campus,” Alliss remarked.
The comment was muffled and barely audible. But the BBC acknowledged Sunday that Alliss believed he was off-air when making the “light-hearted” comment, although Alliss since has admitted it was “inappropriate,” per a report from The Sun.
This isn’t the first time something of this nature has occurred following the outcome of a major championship. When Dustin Johnson broke through with his first major victory last year at the U.S. Open, Paulina Gretzky was harshly — and arguably unfairly — criticized for her attire, with many vocal critics arguing her dress was too short.
In the end, Alliss shouldn’t have said what he did about Akins and perhaps it’s best to leave this kind of commentary out of broadcasts entirely.