Photo agency Getty has deleted its “sexist” gallery of Football World Cup fans. The campaigners as well as social media users criticised the agency for putting the photos of the “hottest fans”, reported The Guardian.

The “sexist” Getty gallery

The album, with the sub-heading of “Talk about a knock-out round”, consisted of pictures of women. These were tweeted with a description saying “The hottest fans at the #WorldCup”. This was later removed. One user had replied to the tweet and commented “The 1970s called and they want their misogyny back”.

In a report by The Guardian, a spokesperson from ‘This Fan Girl’ said, “This list from Getty that has come out today is so disappointing. They need to do better; because of their size and influence, they have a huge responsibility to not perpetuate the toxic male primacy that exists in football.”

‘This Fan Girl’ is a campaign group who are focused to transform the stereotypical image linked with female football supporters. They have been trying to improve the search results of female football fans.

While they acknowledged that the scenario of portrayal of female fans is changing, there is still a lot of work to be done. Jason Cundy’s comments on female match commentators and groping of Julieth Gonzalez Theran while she was doing a live broadcast are instances which prove this.

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Getty’s Statement

Sensing the increasing criticism that the agency was receiving, they removed the photos and said, “Earlier, we published a piece, ‘World Cup 2018: The Sexiest Fans’, that did not meet our editorial standards. We regret the error and have removed the piece. There are many interesting stories to tell about the World Cup and we acknowledge this was not one of them.”

A company spokesperson also said that an internal investigation will also be conducted as permission from the women who were featured in the photos was not taken before publishing them on the site.

They added, “Getty Images holds a deep belief in the power of visuals to incite change and shift attitudes and we have done, and will continue to do, much work to promote and create a more evolved and positive depiction of women.”

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