BBC presenter's Ched Evans quotes will stop you in your tracks

Evan Bartlett@ev_bartlett
Wednesday 19 November 2014 11:50
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Ched Evans was released from jail last month after serving two and a half years for a rape conviction

The BBC has been forced to apologise after one of its presenters made a series of controversial comments when chairing a debate about convicted rapist Ched Evans.

Among other things Nick Conrad, a presenter on Radio Norfolk, said women should "keep their knickers on" in the live debate about the former Sheffield United striker...

I think women need to be more aware of a man's sexual desire that when you're in that position that you are about to engage in sexual activity there's a huge amount of energy in the male body, there's a huge amount of will and intent, and it's very difficult for many men to say no when they are whipped up into a bit of a storm.

And it's the old adage about if you yank a dog's tale then don't be surprised when it bites you.

Or you can't keep snakes in the garden and think they'll only bite your neighbours.

Conrad then redeemed himself slightly by acknowledging what rape actually means.

The onus has to be on the men and the men have to be condemned if a woman says no and they persist then that's absolutely abhorrent.

But then he went on to suggest feminists had "hijacked" or "jumped on" the debate and appear to be "anti-men".

But they [feminists] then in their fury against men and masculinity they actually forget to stop and say if you tease, if you jump into bed naked with a man if you give him all the signals and then he acts upon them then you are partially responsible.

He concluded his comments saying...

What I'm trying to say is that women also have to understand that when a man's given certain signals he'll wish to act upon them and if you don't wish to give out the wrong signals it's best probably to keep your knickers on and not get into bed with him. Does that make sense?

Um, no, not really Nick.

A BBC spokesperson said: "As part of a wide ranging discussion where Nick invited the listeners to talk frankly about the Ched Evans case, he made it clear that rape is an abhorrent act.

"BBC management has made it clear to Nick that some of his comments were very ill-judged and he has apologised for any offence that may have been caused."

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