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Alex Scott Hits Back After Being Criticised Over Pronunciation During Olympics Coverage

Jake Massey

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Alex Scott Hits Back After Being Criticised Over Pronunciation During Olympics Coverage

Alex Scott has hit back after she was criticised over her pronunciation as part of the BBC's team covering the Olympics.

The former footballer turned broadcaster is working alongside the likes of Gabby Logan and Hazel Irvine, presenting coverage from the Games in Tokyo, but her elocution has been brought under the spotlight by Lord Digby Jones.

Lord Digby Jones urged someone to give Scott elocution lessons. Credit: PA
Lord Digby Jones urged someone to give Scott elocution lessons. Credit: PA

The former Government minister was particularly damning of Scott's 'very noticeable inability to pronounce her 'g's at the end of a word'.

Posting on Twitter, he wrote: "Enough! I can't stand it anymore!

"Alex Scott spoils a good presentational job on the BBC Olympics Team with her very noticeable inability to pronounce her 'g's at the end of a word.

"Competitors are NOT taking part, Alex, in the fencin, rowin, boxin, kayakin, weightliftin & swimmin [sic]."


Scott evidently wasn't interested in keeping up with Jones' elocution standards, though, stating that she is proud of her accent and working class roots.

In a series of tweets, the 36-year-old encouraged people growing up without privilege to 'keep striving, keep shining and don't change for anyone'.


Clearly, she missed a trick by not encouraging people to 'keep strivin' and 'keep shinin', but still, she made her point.

Her tweets received tens of thousands of likes and she was praised for sticking up for herself.

One person commented: "You're amazing Alex, and don't ever let anyone make you feel differently."

Another said: "Never apologise for being from London. Never apologise for sounding like most Gooners. You're right to be proud, you were a great footballer and now you're a great presenter."

A third added: "A person's accent is central to their identity & not something for which one should be shamed.

"NEVER feel anything but PRIDE in using the accent and/or dialect into which you were born."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: UK News, olympics

Jake Massey
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