Deputy Drapeko says there are pretty women and "ugly toads" amid FIFA’s sexism accusations
The politician denies the World Cup is sexist.
Elena Drapeko, First Deputy Chairperson of the State Duma Culture Committee, responded to FIFA’s call for showing fewer pretty female fans in the stands during the World Cup broadcasting since this is sexist. Drapeko said the issue was made out of thin air and some women are just "ugly toads."
The deputy spoke to a Govorit Moskva reporter commenting on the story with Natalia Nemchinova, the woman dubbed the most beautiful World Cup fan, while social media claimed she was actually a famous porn star.
Drapeko reminded that porno peddling is prohibited in Russia. "But the fact that pornographers use pretty women and have no interest in ugly toads is no surprise," said the deputy chairperson of the Culture Committee.
Drapeko also noted she has not seen anything "inappropriate" during the 2018 World Cup, so the sexism issue must be specifically overemphasized by the media.
Znak.com pointed out that Drapeko's statement was somewhat reminiscent of the scandalous speech by the former child ombudsman Pavel Astakhov, who said that in the Caucasus "some women are already wrinkled at the age of 27". Later, he said his words about women were "wrong" and "stupid".
Earlier, FIFA urged broadcasters to avoid focusing so much on attractive female fans. According to the sports organization, this aggravates sexism.
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