Monday, 7 December 2015

Boxing: Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury Stands By Sexist Comments

Newly crowned world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has repeated views on women that have seen him accused of sexism and declared that he is “a good role model” for children.

Fury, a nominee for the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, was criticised after claiming a woman’s place was “in the kitchen and on her back” and for saying that Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill “slaps up good”.
Britain's Tyson Fury celebrates after winning in a world heavyweight title fight.Source:AP
Britain's Tyson Fury celebrates after winning in a world heavyweight title fight.Source:AP
He has also likened homosexuality to paedophilia, prompting an anti-discrimination campaigner to set up a petition calling for Fury to be removed from the BBC shortlist, which to date has attracted over 50,000 signatures.

But in a YouTube video for IFL TV published on Sunday, Fury said: “I’m a little bit backward. I didn’t really go to school. Which part of (saying) a woman looks good in a dress is sexist?

“Or was it about the cooking and cleaning? I stand up for my beliefs. My wife’s there (standing beside Fury). Her job is cooking and cleaning and looking after these kids. That’s it.
“She does get to make some decisions. What she’s going to cook me for tea in a bit when I get home. That’s the decisions what she gets to make (sic).

“That’s my beliefs, just like I believe in Lord Jesus Christ as my lord and saviour and if anyone wants to dispute that, let them do it.”
Jessica Ennis-Hill of Great Britain stands on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's Pentathlon during day one of the 14th IAAF World Indoor Championships.Source:Getty Images
Jessica Ennis-Hill of Great Britain stands on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's Pentathlon during day one of the 14th IAAF World Indoor Championships.Source:Getty Images
Fury, 27, was also scathing about the people who have signed the petition, branding them “50,000 wankers”.

“People should look up to me,” he added.

“Young kids. I am a good role model. I’ll show them how men should really be. And kids can take note from that. I am a good role model. Lots of kids look up to me.”

Fury stunned Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf last weekend to win the WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight belts.

The BBC has defended its decision to shortlist him for its flagship award, saying it is “not an endorsement of an individual’s personal beliefs”.

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