Speaking to LBC‘s Camilla Tominey on Sunday, the Daily Star columnist shared her insights into comments made by Lord Digby Jones about former footballing ace Ms Scott and Sky’s Beth Rigby. Neesom stressed such comments are not levelled at other men within the same profession and highlighted how Lord Digby “would not dream” of calling out someone with an “Asian or Jamaican accent”. Her comments follow a row that erupted after crossbench peer lambasted the BBC’s Scott while covering the Tokyo Olympics. In a Tweet, he ridiculed her for dropping her “g’s” but Ms Scott hit back saying her accent is a product of her East End upbringing that she was “proud of”.
Ms Neesom explained: “The thing with the East London accent is that it is a working class accent.
“People feel that it is open season on the East London working class accent…
“Whereas they wouldn’t dream of criticising some other accents.”
Neesom highlighted: “Digby Jones wouldn’t have dared to criticise somebody who had, say, a heavy asian accent or Jamaican accent.
“But it is perfectly ok to kick a working class one!”
The former Daily Star editor went on to point question how the crossbenchers comments have a more sinister meaning to them.
She said: “I say this because I do think there is a hint of misogyny in this… I do think that is important.”
Neesom then highlighted how other commentators such as football stars Ian Wright and Rio Ferdinand “both talk absolutely fine… with London accents” yet do not get shut down for their accents.
The row over accent’s come as peer Lord Jones, Baron Jones of Birmingham, 65, Tweeted on Friday: “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.”
But Ms Scott hit back, replying: “I’m from a working class family in East London, Poplar, Tower Hamlets & I am PROUD. Proud of the young girl who overcame obstacles, and proud of my accent!
“It’s me, it’s my journey, my grit.”