Channel 7 has publicly called upon Sportsbet to “stick to the odds” rather than generating memes at the expense of others after the betting company posted a “nasty” meme of network star Edwina Bartholomew.
On Monday, Sportsbet — whose social media accounts are characterised by their humour — posted an image of Bartholomew reporting from the Superbowl in the US.
Underneath the image, the company superimposed the sentence, “Aussie reporter on junket pretends to know about the NFL.”
The tweet was also accompanied by a quote that reads: “Everyone’s talking about Matt Brady of the Atlanta Patriots.”
The fictional quote played on the idea that Bartholomew would have little NFL knowledge and would therefore mix-up the names of the two star quarterbacks of both sides – the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady and the Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan.
In response, Sunrise‘s executive producer Michael Pell responded to the meme on Twitter writing, “You know she didn’t say that. You’ve done this before. It’s not funny. It’s actually just nasty. Stick to doing the odds.”
@sportsbetcomau You know she didn’t say that. You’ve done this before. It’s not funny. It’s actually just nasty. Stick to doing the odds.
— Michael Pell (@MichaelPell) February 5, 2017
Pell also told the Daily Telegraph he considered Sportsbet actions as “totally misleading” and “fake news”.
Bartholomew is yet to comment on the saga.