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World Cup diary — in defence of ‘pervy’ camera crews

14 July 2014

11:55 AM

14 July 2014

11:55 AM

The best team won, and the best two teams reached the final. This is a comparatively rare event at a world cup. And it was a fine world cup in general, with plenty of things to gladden the heart – the hammering of Spain by the Netherlands, the hammering of Brazil by Germany, the eviction at stage one of teams who think too highly of themselves, the emergence of doughty underdogs (Iran, Ghana, Chile, Costa Rica). The Netherlands remain an enigma; they are either wonderfully fluent or suddenly turn into England. But their record, for a country with a fifth of our population, is excellent.

The most distressing thing about the tournament, however, was – as Dara O’Briain rightly tweeted – the tendency of the Brazilian camera crew to focus on extremely attractive young ladies in the crowd when the ball was out of play. It is true that they also focussed on men in ludicrous face paint and wigs, crying or laughing children, groups of people hugging each other – ie, things which might be of interest to the viewer. But in future British broadcasters should have a filter to stop the gratuitous shots of women and show instead, I would suggest, a smug Irish comedian. Every time the ball goes out play, cut to a picture of Dara looking pleased with himself. My favourite world cup chick, btw, was a Russkie in a hat, very early on in the tournament. I can’t find a picture of her. Dara’s probably had them banned.

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  • Gwangi

    Well, judging by the usual favourites of TV camerapersons (of whom 95% are men and the 5% females are tres butch…), most of them have a penchant for black or Asian people.
    Just watch any TV programme – on some there’s maybe one black person in the audience and ALWAYS that person is in the centre of any audience shot, They learn this in diversity training of course. But it’s barefaced racism really.

  • Bobo

    When the curly-haired one who was in ‘Jonathan Creek’ called him “Diarrhea O’Brain”, he wasn’t in the least bit amused.

  • William_Brown

    A knee-jerk and tediously predictable reaction from a paid up member of the faux outrage brigade. I think that they would be happier if all women were covered up so as not to become objectified……

  • Crunchy Frog

    Skinny Slavs in sailor suits ? Pah ! Obv. you didn’t see France vs Switzerland…………http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2105154-cameraman-brushes-aside-fan-for-better-view-of-better-looking-fan

  • uberwest

    What’s the problem? The lady viewers get to perv at the 22 fit underdressed blokes on the pitch for the majority of the game.

  • Adaadat

    Far better than the abomination of the BBC’s coverage of the 2012 Olympics. The beach volleyball coverage beggared belief, with even the basics of cinematography jettisoned, in order not to have to film a woman in a bikini.

  • ADW

    Dara’s as funny as a fart in a lift, but he is Irish, so no problem there for the BBC. Also, in his book he said that multiculturalism was a wonderful success story, so he’s nigh on unsackable by the Beeb.

  • Barakzai

    ‘ . . . the eviction at stage one of teams who think too highly of themselves . . . ‘

    Don’t worry, Rod, next time it’ll be different. England are going to learn lessons and capitalise on the potential. Never mind those minor incidentals such as a long term plan, individual skill, and carefully honed tactics and teamwork, all of which consistently inhibit German success.

    And if Billy the Fish and Roy Race are available, then the next trophy’s there for England’s taking.

  • DougS

    I assume that O’Briaiaiaiaiain wrote his complaint down, as his verbal mumblings are almost unintelligible.

    But he follows the left wing/global warming/ITV/BBC/Channel 4 agenda to the letter, so he’s guaranteed to be allowed to go on mumbling so long as he doesn’t step out of line – like Johnny Ball and David Bellamy did.

  • BarkingAtTreehuggers

    What a ‘beautiful’ World Cup this has been.
    Two new nations emerge on the horizon, BRASIL has declared itself independent from having to win another match in the future and will from now on be known as BRASI:7.
    ARGENTINA – well gents, I have no idea what you see in this team. Their destiny
    is to lose finals to Germany – they will now be known as ARGENTI:NADA

  • Wessex Man

    I thought it was brilliant, smashing, fantastic, hopefully repeated every time there’s a televised Football Match. These women have cheered me up no end! Whereas Dara O’Briain has always made me reach for the remote as soon as his pasty face has always made me feel quite unwell.

  • dado_trunking

    Of course we all noticed that during yesterday’s final the cameras focused repeatedly on some weird loner BELGIAN supporter. Brazilian heads must roll after such a display of complete incompetence.

  • Aberrant_Apostrophe
  • JB_1966

    I wonder whether the FA will learn anything from Germany’s victory and our outright humiliation. Whadya reckon?

    • Mynydd

      What ‘outright humiliation’ England only lost two games, and still had that renown fighting spirit to hold Costa Rica to a draw. What more do you want, after, all England won the cup in 1966. Other countries must be given a chance.

      • JB_1966

        Well, quite.

  • Roger Hudson

    Cameramen trying to pep up viewers bored by the football or incensed by the dirty antics and bad refereeing.
    Argentina in the final on penalties, pathetic. As for Messi getting the Golden Ball, Blatter must have had a lunch meeting weeks ago to decide that.
    As for the celebrity spectator nonsense, yet another proof of FIFA being the most bent, corrupt organisation in the world, worse than the olympics.
    Sport corrupted by greed. The UN should give FIFA and the Olympics an island they can turn into a sport money pit, like Dubai or Qatar but not as stupidly hot.

  • Spectre
    • rodliddle

      Yes! You found her! My life is complete. Spazebo Bolshoi………………

      • rodliddle

        My wife says I only fancy women if they’re dressed as pirates.

        • ADW

          Mrs Rod needn’t worry – presumably the Russian women at the next one will be wearing bearskins, and not in an alluring fashion, whilst any risque stuff in Qatar will involve the flash of a fingertip or an ankle at best.

          Still, here’s a thought – apparently Iranian TV used to photoshop audience pictures in sporting events and replace them with what looked like a picture of the Farsi equivalent the House of Lords from a century or so ago. In the same spirit, perhaps the UK broadcasters might do the same in reverse for the Qatar tournament, and splice in some beach volleyball players? Get campaigning Rod, or it’ll be too late.

          • girondas2

            As a connoisseur of the female ankle I am looking forward to the next world cup. I can hardly contain myself.

        • girondas2

          Must limit your choice a bit as you stroll around The Den.

        • Wessex Man

          you are a Rovers fan! we’ve fallen on hard times, come on Rod hand in pocket and join the Board, we”ll soon have the best Stadium in Non League, you know it makes sense!

        • Kitty MLB

          What about female Japanese fire dancers or in full fencing clothes.. a popular sport in Spain and Italy. Maybe you and the
          other men here could wear fencing clothes..
          Le signore avrebbero trovato esse divertente,
          carissima, Roddie x

      • Shenandoah

        She has a ballpark resemblance to your wife. So that explains that, then…

        • girondas2

          Fortunately for most of us, love is in the eye of the beholder.

          • Shenandoah

            This is true. But whose eye would it be in, otherwise? This is why ‘I don’t know what she/he sees in her/him’ is usually a daft statement in a person of the world. Of course you don’t, since you’re not the hummingbird for which that flower was designed. If you’re not the right hummingbird, the flower doesn’t even look like a flower.

            • girondas2

              I surrender.

              • Shenandoah

                For some reason that immediately made a Bee Gees song pop into my head.

                • Kitty MLB

                  Oh, he’s surrendered, that has never happened
                  before!

                • girondas2

                  Nonsense woman – I’m sure I’ve surrendered to your charms before now.
                  This is beginning to look suspiciously like 2 against 1
                  I have to go – I’m preparing my own supper of peppers and courgettes stuffed with odds and ends from the back of the fridge – the wife has gone to Paris with chums and I wasn’t invited.
                  I bet neither you nor Shenandoah would do a thing like that.

                • Kitty MLB

                  ‘Nonsense women’ Oh really! that sounds
                  suspeciously like “silence women” very much
                  the Victorian man and *cough cough* masterful!
                  Was that you running around the darkened
                  corridors shouting ‘I surrender’ the other day?
                  didn’t recognise you in the dark.

                  Oh, you poor darling. Been left to feed yourself
                  whilst your wife has gone off and abandoned
                  you. I am quite upset now, could possibly
                  make your delicious stuffed peppers soggy
                  so i’d better dash, best not to ‘surrender’ in
                  the middle of the night….sweet dreams.

                • girondas2

                  Overall, you don’t sound very sympathetic Kitty,

                • Kitty MLB

                  How can you utter such words, I’ll get to those.
                  I assumed your cats were also in Paris? that
                  secret assignation with the purring little
                  Chartreux ( well it’s Paris) and then they’d
                  watch, Henri Le Chat Noir.

                  I also was very sympathetic. But now feel guilty. I’ll now float through your cottage like
                  a scented breeze and do those things that
                  females do. Flowers in vases, feed the cats
                  (if they’ve returned ) Fill your fridge with delights, and provide dessert (your favourite)
                  Then I’ll make you a gin martini and ask if
                  anything else is required and I’ll give you
                  a hug before also catching that flight to
                  Paris.

                • girondas2

                  You really do know how to spoil a chap Kitty, until you got to the bit about flying off to Paris. And gin martinis are to be shared if they are to work. Do you not know Dorothy Parkers advice to girls on the subject of martinis?
                  Two is the right number,
                  One is not enough
                  Three, you’re under the table
                  Four you’re under………(fill in that bit yourself)
                  Well that’s how it was told to me.

                • Kitty MLB

                  Well I suppose I could stay a little longer and
                  drink some gin martinis with you.We’ll have
                  a scintillating conversation in the garden,
                  whlist listening to jazz at twilight. And then
                  I’ll kiss you goodbye as you call me a taxi
                  and off to Paris I go.

                  Dorothy Parkers, I believe she was an American poet. Wrote a poem called August,
                  one of my favourites.
                  I write poetry in my spare time,I adore it.
                  Without poetry I’m a sunlit garden without
                  flowers…Go on, say yuk! blasted woman.
                  Well I also read about military battles.

                • Kitty MLB

                  Oops ! On the cheek in the Verona or Parisian way Oh back to all this Latin stuff . ( Social Darwinism as Telemachus calls it )

                • Shenandoah

                  Of course we wouldn’t: your dinner sounds dire : )

                • girondas2

                  Dinner was ok in a “I’m hungry and I’ll eat anything” kind of way.
                  Even Whitey the Cat didn’t come begging. He wore that look of ” I should’ve booked into the cattery”
                  Ah well!

                • Shenandoah

                  Oh dear! : ) Indian takeaway, next time? (Giggle)

                • girondas2

                  Never! I can make my own dinner, even if I sit there wondering to myself “What on earth made me think this would work?”

                • Shenandoah

                  : ^0 That’s all right; my husband asks a similar question at least once a week (he’s the cook).

                • Kitty MLB

                  Oh I was just saying…the hubby is the cook
                  also…I can do puddings

                • Shenandoah

                  Yep, that’s me also. He’s never done a pudding in his life. I, on the other hand, can get a crispy roast chicken, which for some reason (he’s a wonderful and adventurous cook) is beyond his capacity.

                • Kitty MLB

                  Men just like cooking the exotic. Ask them to
                  make a shepherds pie and they look at you
                  as if you’ve asked them to do the ironing.

                  If you like desserts, you’d love to live in Holland
                  we lived there for a while.And near where we lived there was a lovely shop I’d cycle to
                  usually followed by a friendly cat, and they’d
                  have devine cakes such as vanilla and lime
                  Small sponges with gin and cream…heavenly!

                • Kitty MLB

                  Well, we tend to put the wellies on and shoot dinner, not too many supermarkets or Indian
                  takeaways about. And my husband also a brilliant cook unlike me.I have been known
                  to serve raw fish thats meant to be cooked.
                  And my lovely husband doesn’

                • girondas2

                  Which one – I’m not playing through my entire Bee Gees collection until I find it?

                • Shenandoah

                  Ha ha ha! ‘I Surrender’, of course! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCnqPqKhmM0

                • girondas2

                  Well thankyou for that. As you have no doubt guessed, I don’t actually have a Bee Gees collection.
                  .

                • Shenandoah

                  It’s not one of their very best songs. If I had to name favourites… one of them is Jive Talkin’. But then I love all their stuff from the disco era, almost without exception.

                • girondas2

                  I think the Bee Gees were constructed to appeal to women. I daren’t think what Kitty would say about those hairy chests.
                  You’ll have to ask her because I’m not going to.

                  This is more my thing and if I could put a video on the wall as a pin up this would be it. What is it about gals in uniform?
                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8of3uhG1tCI

                • Shenandoah

                  You make them sound as if they were put together from spare parts! Actually the Bee Gees appealed to gays, and straight people, too. You must have been around then! Unless you’re a refugee from the Soviet Bloc.

                • girondas2

                  Well, I was teasing you a bit there, but no they were never for me!

                • Shenandoah

                  I find that I’m for a great deal, but very little is actually for me (sour note it sounds like, but not really: human condition).

                  I have the most eclectic musical taste of anyone I know. Got Haydn on right now. Later it might be Arabian techno dance fusion. Or ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking?’ or ‘Green Onions’.

                • girondas2

                  Suspect you made up Arabian techno thingy!
                  I’m no fan of BBC but radio 3 has still got some good stuff. Try Late Junction you’ll find much you don’t like but some good music that you didn’t even know existed

                • Shenandoah

                  I wouldn’t know where to look, being stateside. Not making up the Arabian. Here’s a sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTmhepHX4eI (George Wassouf) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzIKHG-ohz4

                  And then there’s Indian techno dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXIPgkLBijU

                • Shenandoah

                  But would this, perhaps, be more your style? (‘Chan Chan’ by the Cuban band, ‘Buena Vista Social Club’) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnFfKbxIHD0

    • disqus_KdiRmsUO4U

      She’s is too skinny.
      I like rumps bumps and curves along with a bit of height.

      • Kitty MLB

        What is wrong with being a small woman. Must all woman be amazonians. Being small brings out gallantry in all men, regardless of their age and that does them good.
        Also, all men must be tall, with decent calves, have bodily hair ( but not too much) and a broad chest.

        • girondas2

          Hey! – Here I am.

          • Kitty MLB

            Now this is where I drop the warm Latin character, and be more English.
            My lovely husband is what most women would
            see as perfect. Most Englishmen and those like
            you who are…how can I put it …you’re in the
            autumn of your years( I can be subtle) have
            bad teeth, hair loss and might have knobbly knees.

            You can judge a man by him having the right knees to wear a kilt ( the husband has) but
            unfortunately isn’t Scottish.

            Men also look handsome in full fencing clothes
            might suggest it to Rod.Chaps here would like
            it..and they’d wear it for me, as I said I bring
            out the gallant in all men.

            • Wessex Man

              Kitty, darling you’ve got me down to a tee!

          • Kitty MLB

            Oh, I’ve scelepped myself back to this dusty thread full of cobwebs. To say don’t be disturbed
            as mentioned the other day; you are a fine Claret
            with bite…excellent with cheese during the winter.

            But I must tell you off for mentioning the Pemberly lake moment….to torment women
            like that is very cruel. Lizzie wouldn’t approve
            ( Spectator Lizzie) not the other one, she’d approve.

          • Kitty MLB

            Oh, a well preserved claret ( and never old or bald)
            must dash. Your thinking, ” I wish she would, standards have dropped here since she benighted this place”.

        • disqus_KdiRmsUO4U

          i simply expressed my preference in the looks of women.

          I chose quite unashamedly to discriminate .
          All do so despite trendy intentions to eliminate.

          Being small makes it easier to carry them back to the cave whether they want to go or not.
          Not being able to reach the kitchen sink is too small.

          • Wessex Man

            I agree they’ve got to have a couple of good front bumpers.

            • Shenandoah

              A very primitive switch in the male brain. About five million years ago, you would have found them (had you been around) a positive turn-off. They would have signalled lactation: a non-receptive female. Only by the hooks and crooks of cryptic ovulation and the need to keep a man through all seasons has the boob been sustained. Boobs are the man-manipulators, par excellence.

              • Kitty MLB

                Ah, there is an item of “clothing” that could be
                man-manipulators.Those things worn on each
                leg, they are usually silk. Best not to say the name, the person you are responding to
                wouldn’t be able to cope.

                • Shenandoah

                  Heh heh heh.

                • Wessex Man

                  oh you devil woman you, what’s your denier?

      • Shenandoah

        The beautiful face wouldn’t win you over? And this is just a snapshot. Much of female charm is also in the motion, don’t you find?

        • Kitty MLB

          I am sure that’s not the case, are you insinuating
          that women age like vinegar and become all
          lumpy and with no inner beauty to match a warm face.And that men age like claret and
          remain Adonis like and with no lumps and bumps.

          • Shenandoah

            No, not so much lumps and bumps as rolls, spill-overs, and droops. Or, on the other side, knobliness of limb and horniness of eyebrow (blech!).

            • Kitty MLB

              Also, wobbly and saggy on one side and wilting, droopy and
              crusty on the other side. and I’d link your horniness of eyebrow
              with smouldering eyes.

              • Shenandoah

                I think you must mean a different sort of h-rny eyebrow than the sort I’m thinking of….

                • girondas2

                  You pair are getting a bit risque aren’t you?
                  Ok Ok, I’ll go back to my cheap seat. .

                • Kitty MLB

                  Si puo rimanere se volete ? prego non arrossire
                  that was for you. I am sure the fragrant Shenandoah can continue. But I must reluctantly behave before I get my wrists
                  slapped ( again ! )

                • girondas2

                  Dare i ask an italian colleague to translate this or will I regret it?

                  PS I got a translation through google – can’t promise not to blush.

                • Kitty MLB

                  Oh no don’t do that ! but only because Italian is, just my paternal grandfathers language and mine is somewhat rusty.
                  I just said you can stay and please don’t blush. There was no
                  need on this occasion.. but yes on other occasions there might be a need. Poor chaps.. if only women were not invented.

                • Shenandoah

                  I love Italian but don’t know it. Google Translator, here I come! : )

                • Shenandoah

                  That’ll be the day! Mind you, I haven’t told you the title of the book I’ve just finished.

                • girondas2

                  Go on then – tell and we will see!

                • Shenandoah

                  Can’t: it’s a secret. For now! : )

                • Kitty MLB

                  Secrets are meant to be shared.

                • Shenandoah

                  Ha ha!

  • Hexhamgeezer

    Maybe the camera crew were hinting ‘World Cup Dairy’. A fitting title perhaps for a compilation of such shots.

  • Hexhamgeezer

    He used to anglicise his name, presumably to help him get a foot in the door, and then dropped it for the authentic ‘hoho-hehee-hahaa’

  • NedMissingTeeth

    You are right about Dara O’Briain. Like so many BBC comedians he’s not funny in the slightest. Possibly the smuggest man in the Galaxy.

    • dado_trunking

      Exactly – One Nation Milipede is wrong as this tiny island with four national sides proves. Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland did not qualify for this World Cup – if the trend continues nor will England ever again.

      • NedMissingTeeth

        I know what you mean like. Really.

      • Kitty MLB

        What are you rattling on about ? befuddling as usual.

  • UniteAgainstSocialism

    Dont worry, it wont be long before the only women the tv cameras film in footy stadiums will be women in burkas. And then the only reason they will be filmed is because they are about to be shot or stoned to death for adultery because theyve been raped in the Islamic Republic of Britain. I bet lefties and feminists cant wait.

    • mattghg

      In Taliban-ear Afghanistan, the football stadia were used only for public executions…

  • Uncle Brian

    The point about the close-ups of women and children among the spectators is that FIFA and the Brazilian authorities alike were keen to create the impression that a football stadium is a nice, safe, family-friendly environment for an afternoon out with grandma and the kids.

    In the case of the heavily policed Word Cup matches, of course the stands were a safe place for everybody. But in Brazil, at least, they’re quite the opposite at almost any other time.

    • fundamentallyflawed

      Last night there was a close up of a lovely German lady with ,, ermmm ,,,pushed up assets? The camera lingered a little too long

      • Uncle Brian

        And she didn’t get groped, did she? See what I mean? She was in a nice, safe place to do as much flaunting as she liked, without any hassle.

        • Wessex Man

          She would have if I was there.

      • MirthaTidville

        Damn..missed it…

        • Wessex Man

          I didn’t!

      • Kitty MLB

        I am sure you coped with that.. chaps usually manage.

      • Shenandoah

        I favour Calvin Klein, myself. Supports, and doesn’t protest too much (unlike Victoria’s Secret).

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