International Climbing Federation apologizes to 23-year-old Austrian woman for ‘persistent close-up replays of her bum’ for second time in 3 months

For the second time in as many months, the world-renowned International Federation of Sport Climbing has issued an apology to a professional climber for the behavior of its cameramen during a broadcast…

For the second time, this is an apology addressed specifically to 23-year-old superstar Johanna Färber….

And, for the second time: the reason for the apology is “for sexualizing and objectivizing” the mountaineer with “persistent close-up replays of his bum/buttocks (CNN/New York Post):

The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) has apologized to Austrian climber Johanna Farber after inappropriate footage of her emerged during the World Championships in Moscow.

Multiple outlets reported that the event broadcaster aired a close-up replay of Farber’s butt during the bouldering semi-finals last week, prompting the sport’s governing body to issue an apology.

“The IFSC condemns the objectification of the human body and will take further action to stop it and to protect athletes,” read a statement.

It’s almost a repeat of an incident that happened during the World Cup in June, where IFSC host broadcaster ORF issued an apology to Farber after airing inappropriate footage of the mountaineer.

I’m going to point them out because I know you wouldn’t notice it on your own: there are two chalk handprints on his bottom/buttocks:

(Instagram: honey)

At this point, you might be wondering if we will ever see a climbing world championship NOT tainted with such disgusting objectification and sexualization. I mean, I can only imagine what kind of gender debasement we’ll be subjected to by the broadcast team at the next major IFSC event: a long screed on how all women should care less rocks and climb to the kitchen instead? And to ditch the weird little single toed shoes because the best grip for this event is barefoot and pregnant?? Because Solo may be free, but sandwiches are supposed to be too???

Who knows with these guys.

Farber condemned the broadcaster’s misplaced focus with an Instagram post shortly after the World Cup.

“Honestly? Farber wrote on Instagram at the time, according to Daily Mail. “Having this slow-motion clip aired on NATIONAL TV and YouTube live is so disrespectful and upsetting.”

It was yet another reminder that no matter how far the company has come, we are always one excited climbing cameraman sliding off the Rock Wall of Equality, hanging from our dry rope by nothing but our carabiner.

“I am an athlete and I am here to show my best performances. To be honest, I feel really embarrassed knowing that thousands of people have seen this.

“We need to stop sexualizing women in sport and start appreciating their performance.”

Amen! I hope those excited film crews took a break from calling and collecting bounties in Texas to listen. On behalf of the entire women’s empowerment community, I can say that we are not going to tolerate it. The only B words we’re here for are the block, the bashies and the barn doors – all you thirsty creeps looking for objectified butts go get a SI swimsuit number or click on a Smokeshow message of the Day or something: you perverts are not welcome here in the climbing world. Not anymore.

Virginia F. Goins