Chris Gayle finds himself in the centre of a huge controversy, as he has made a sexist remark to a woman journalist at a press conference. Before the Carribean Premier League match against Antigua Hawksbills, Gayle was asked by the journalist, “How does the pitch feel so far in terms of the training (and) the weather?”

Gayle gave a very controversial reply, saying. “Well I haven’t touched yours yet so I don’t know how it feels. I like your smile; that’s nice.”

The group Women Against Rape (WAR) headed by gender equity advocate Alexandrina Wong, has criticised the incident and the response by the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

The CPL had given a statement saying, “Chris is excited for the tournament and was having a laugh with a journalist, who had a laugh back; there was no malice intended. The lady in question had a jovial goodbye chat with him and we don’t believe this was the action of someone who was offended.”

But Wong, a gender equity advocate, said, “What it’s implying is one person’s power over another in the use of the language and so we can either say it’s sexist and hegemonic,” Wong said, adding that the response from the reporter “indicates that she obviously doesn’t know her right to autonomy. She obviously doesn’t know her right when it comes to agency of body so that she can identify certain types of language, how they allude to her biology and what it’s saying about her as a person. CPL should demand an apology from him because as senior officials they ought to know and to behave better when it comes to gender equality.”

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