Anthony Joshua Faces Anger After Quotes Comparing His Niece And Son Resurface
Anthony Joshua might be working towards being the most recognisable boxer in the world but with great power comes great responsibility and an even greater chance that people will be ready to criticise you when you say something stupid.
The problem with a lot of sports people is they end up being as flawed as the rest of us.
You see we build them up, worship their sporting abilities and see them as heroes so when they mess up, even the smallest slip that any of us can be prone to, they're far more likely to get buried for it.
Check out our interview with Joshua:
Anthony Joshua always comes across as a pretty nice bloke. He smiles at the right time, doesn't get involved in too much name calling, a rarity in boxing these days, and is always good in interviews.
But Joshua messed up in one interview. Talking to GQ back in March he was asked if he was strict on his son and AJ said:
"I don't think I'm that strict with Joseph, I don't know why. But with my niece I'm strict.
"I think it is because she is older, but also he's a boy - he's going to be a man's man, he'll want to spread his wings be a Jack-the-lad, build his character.
"But with my niece, there is none of that Jack-the-lad nonsense for her!
"My view is you have to be a good woman, respectful, one day you will be someone's wife, you have to learn family morals... what it is to be a good woman."
And plenty of people aren't happy:
How Anthony Joshua can look at his niece, not as a child but as someone who is going to be a "wife" is really bemusing. Girls are hardly ever allowed to be. This isn't just about him, it's about everyone who shares this shitty, reductive view of little girls.- T. Rankïn' ∆ (@AfroVII) March 2, 2018
"He'll want to be a man's man. Spread his wings. Build his character..."- Kelechi Okafor (@kelechnekoff) March 3, 2018
So by that token should a woman not build her own character?
Character is just for men to have.
Women are cardboards.
"My view is that you have to be a good woman. Respectable. One day you'll be someone's wife..."- Kelechi Okafor (@kelechnekoff) March 3, 2018
By that line of reasoning, your jack-the-lad son will also be somebody's husband. Yet here you are doing nonsense.
Anthony Joshua letting us know his son is allowed to 'build character' whilst his niece must prepare to 'be a wife' Forget all the potential imbedded in her, forget her hopes and dreams because that's all she must prepare for in life apparently- TheFishTankUK (@TheFishTankUK) March 2, 2018
Damn AJ. We were rooting for you. We were all rooting for you.- Toni (@t0nit0ne) March 2, 2018
I think this is the epitome of; "We raise our daughters and love our sons". It's as if some people forget that boys will also be husbands one day. They too need to be raised to be 'respectful' and 'good men'. https://t.co/I77RmG72eg
The dialogue that's occurring shouldn't be about Anthony Joshua as a person. Nobody knows him. No one can judge him. The dialogue should be about where this thinking stems from in the first place and the consequences of this thinking on boys and girls in general.- Toni (@t0nit0ne) March 2, 2018
It's a hugely old fashioned view from the heavyweight champion and probably one he should reconsider.