You know, this doesn't bother me too much. The Gimelstob comments did. Here's why.
When Labadze says something like this it's almost impossible not to laugh. Even if you are a woman. In today's day and age the comment is ridiculous and is an obviously gross exagerration. You just ignore it and move on. Taking offense at this is even stupider than making the comment itself. And Labadze is not stupid. Far from it. He knows what he's doing.
Gimelstob's comment however was deservedly bashed, because he made a pointed attack at a person, rather than an abstract 'gender'. Frankly I was disturbed by the quote. It was way too personal and it went beyond humour - it was hard to tell, in fact, whether Gimelstob was kidding. It was certainly unlike any other joke I've ever read before. And, worse of all, something like this was bound to affect Kournikova. I know that if someone said this about me I'd be uncomfortable.
But gender-specific comments and jokes - let's get real; they offend no one but the most hard-core of feminists. And we can all do without these people.
I agree. This is what bothered me the most about Justin's comments, that he called Anna a bitch and a douche (and said his brother should 'nail her', tres tacky). That is what I wanted to slap him for (lucky him, I never made it down to W. the whole time I was in London).