In a battle between a TV critic and a classicist, guess whose going to win? It's weak sauce, like if Chris Brown took a swipe at Jay-Z.
British classicist Mary Beard's OC's go-to source for Italy's ancient civilizations and she'll f**k up Cicero and Homer like you're back in high school Latin class in a lunch coma, falling asleep at your desk as your teacher sings the mnemonic rhyme declensions "O-S-T-MUS-TIS-NT" and "BO-BIS-BIT-BIMUS-BITUS-BUNT" and you're sweating as he calls your name to stand up and translate Book X of Virgil's Aeneid since you had your nose buried in a contraband Non-no swiped from your older (and painfully cooler) cousin for the past 40 minutes.
We've been longtime worshippers of Saint Mary (we dutifully keep her slender Intro to Classics tucked in our Prada purse on short trips), the Cambridge professor of classics and the coolest living classicist who can make us lol with her cheeky British wit at even the bone-driest classics, and we're behind her counterargument aimed at a nasty misogynist who took a swipe at her looks during a new TV series that recently aired -- Meet the Romans, a three-part BBC2 TV series.
As Beard told Stuart Jeffries in a Guardian interview over the weekend: "Actually, that's what a 57-year-old woman looks like."
Battle of the looks? Ha ha let's just stop AA Gill there. If he really wants to start a sh*tstorm about physical appearances, that's a battle that he will fail.
Here's Beard's rebuttal on the Daily Mail.