Lessons from Campese's 'girl' talk

Melanie Dinjaski Updated November 29, 2012, 6:00 am

When David Campese’s inflammatory early morning tweet went viral yesterday, I, like many, was shocked and absolutely stunned at what I saw.

Put it down to my small female mind, or that pesky knack we females have to get emotional and overthink things, but I could not fathom how Campese, who is no spring chicken in the media, could be so willing not only to think such a thing, but to publicly share it on the internet.

In this day and age, when journalism (or “jorniolism” as Campese would put it) is no longer a male-only industry, how dare he put down the work of a professional simply because of their gender.

Throughout the day Campese awkwardly attempted to explain the point he was trying to make, but only dug himself into more trouble.

In no uncertain terms he said female journalists were incapable of adequately grilling their talent like male journalists could.

No Campo, no.

Just because a female journalist didn’t write the article you’d like to see about Wallabies coach Robbie Deans “destroying Australian rugby” – look at me having an idea – does not mean you have the right to patronize, insult, or doubt her ability to do her job.

We cannot deny female journalists are different to male journalists.

But they are not inferior.

Female journalists are not inherently “easier” on their interviewees.

To think so is sexist, demeaning and plain wrong.

And furthermore, diversity in the newsroom is not detrimental, it is beneficial and we should cherish the alternative, not denounce it.

The former Wallaby apologized for his “bad call” after receiving criticism online from Sport Minister and confirmed female, Kate Lundy. Yes, we walk amongst you.

Yet the saga quickly went the way of an Alan Jones apology presser. In a blog published last night on The Roar entitled “My tweet and what I meant”, just as Campese worked up to a sincere and remorseful apology he undid it all with a flippant sentence essentially blaming the entire backlash on who else, but Julia Gillard, Australian female and overlord.

“The thing about Twitter is that it’s so immediate. You can say something on it and people can respond straight away. And that’s great. But I made a mistake with the way I said it. But Gillard’s trying to use the sexist thing about everything right now in Australia,” he wrote.

“So I apologise for the offense it may have caused some people. My words weren’t the greatest.”

Your words weren’t "great" full stop, mate.

Campese was burned to a crisp by his monumentally bad day of Twitter slip-ups. It’s an unfortunate reality of social media when you’re ‘somebody’ that someone is ALWAYS watching. It may not be fair, but it doesn’t excuse ignorance.

Regrettably, Campese’s reputation has now been irreparably tarnished. Those 140 characters he could have done without and the half-arsed apology that followed will forever sit beside his impressive playing stats.

And for some, they might even overshadow them.

But what do I know? I’m just a girl.

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  1. Stephen01:00am Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    your right your just a girl ,so stop trying to think you know about football and get back to the kitchen.

  2. underarm_bowler11:17am Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Melanie has not not learned yet that besides only two places women should be, sport, that is mans sport, and women dont mix. What more can men do to appease women. We gave you the vote

  3. seek1mor11:24am Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Bloody women, next thing you know they will want to vote.

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  4. Jauto11:33am Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Please,be fair. Compo's disaproval rating was slipping. And to his credit he reacted to that fact. BALANCE HAS BEEN RESTORED! The Pope is NEVER sorry. George Pell is NEVER sorry. I doubt that Mr. Campesei is!!!!!!!!

  5. Springwood11:40am Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I think he's right and I don't even know what he wrote because twitter is #$%$ You can count on someone having their nose out of joint over something that someone wrote about them every day. Their lives are SOOO meaningful. How about you all get over yourselves.

  6. BRIAN11:45am Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    There are some strange people out there it seems. Campeses point was a simple one: the journo concerned had no direct experience of rugby and he believes and I agree, it would be better if someone with experience in rugby was to write on the subject. The crazy LEFTIES want to exploit Campeses comments to make their point, but his comments were clearly not sexist, just a reasonable assumption. It is the reason why experienced women write on netball and not men. Everyone wants to hear the voice of experience, whether it wears a dress or slacks. The Lefty crazies have no valid point.

  7. Aj12:07pm Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    All he said is why are they getting a girl to write about rugby. You man to be a man to live men's culture and relate that to the man's sport. A woman will never understand what she never lived through. If a women complained about a man writing about netball I'd have no problems at all.

  8. Mark12:38pm Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I agree with Campo. Its a joke having females report on, coach or manage "mens" sporting organizations. Stick to the netball and the soccer ladies. Or if you must attend take your chair, your knitting, your copy of New idea and shut the hell up. Regardless of what the "political correctness" tossers think there is no such thing as equality in the "Real World". Thats why everytime an important decision has the be made the "father" makes it. How many times have we heard a mother say "ask your father"......

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  9. michael12:39pm Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Campos IQ is lower than his old jersey number. Not only is he sexist and racist but his comments are detrimental to australian rugby. He played outside the ellas, who would make any Gooses Step to the line easy. Yes I am a Male rugby fan , why does he think any one cares about his thought of the week, By the way how does robbies win loss record with the wannnabees compare to the Jones's ?

  10. Doug12:56pm Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    to me this is as bad as campese's idiotic tweet. this is just rambling and pushing the barrow the other way.