I’m writting this whilst watching the University Challenge final I started writing this whilst watching UC, but failed dismally to ignore the gripping final! This is the usual Daily Mail sexist trite:
Before reaching the grand final – to be screened tonight – her team trounced Exeter University 350-15, a victory described by host Jeremy Paxman as ‘less like a general knowledge quiz and more like a cull’.
But, rather than celebrating Miss Trimble’s success, many viewers have subjected her to vicious abuse. Some experts say this behaviour exposes the sinister hostility to brainpower in our dumbed-down, celebrity-obsessed age.
While some have praised the 26-year-old as ‘very sexy with a gorgeous smile’, others call her ‘a hateful know-it-all’ and an ‘ annoying bitch’.
So she’s either “very sexy with a gorgeous smile”, or a “hateful know-it-all and an annoying bitch”? Could it not be possible that she’s actually very fucking smart? The outrageous sexism that pervades the Mail comes through in this piece in buckets:
They have taken particular exception to her saying ‘Oh, well done’, ‘Of course’ and ‘Quite’ to her teammates.
One said she was a ‘horse-toothed snob’ who ‘ruins University Challenge every time she is on it with her “better than thou” attitude’.
Another said Miss Trimble was ‘so brain-rupturingly irritating and smug’ that they hoped science would come up with ‘a screen that you can reach through and punch those inside’.
‘She could easily win University Challenge on her own, but I get the feeling she may well celebrate alone as well.’
So she’s smart, she does her job as the Captain of the team, and she has the temerity to be female? Yeah, there’s nothing sexist going on here. “Smart women dine alone”? Give me a break.
And their clincher?
Her breadth of general knowledge is truly impressive but when it comes to the kind of questions regularly posed in pub quizzes, gaps in Gail Trimble’s knowledge appear.
A series of questions put to her by The Sun newspaper left her stumped. Here they are….
1) Who won the Brit Award for Best Female last week?
Gail: ‘I don’t know’
2) What was the name of the 13-year-old dad whose story was broken by The Sun and caused a global storm?
Gail: ‘I read the article, but I can’t remember the boy’s name.’
3) What is the name of the British lead actor in the Oscar-nominated film, Slumdog Millionaire?
Gail: ‘I have no idea.’
4) Who is the new manager of Chelsea FC?
Gail: ‘I don’t know.’
5) Who won the most recent series of Celebrity Big Brother?
Gail: ‘I don’t know. These aren’t academic questions.’
If you, too, are stumped then here are the answers.
1: Duffy. 2: Alfie Patten. 3: Dev Patel. 4: Guus Hiddink. 5: Ulrika Jonsson.
On a good day, I will get may be 5-10 questions right on University Challenge. And by good day, I mean phenomenaly good day. I would not be able to answer a single one of the Sun’s questions as quoted by the Daily Mail. I can only imagine what conclusions the Sun would make of that.
Congrats though to Corpus Christi Cambridge. And f*ck you Daily Mail.