In 2008 Michael Phelps took home EIGHT gold medals. We celebrated him as an American hero.
This week, a pretty seventeen year old American swimmer took home a gold for USA. It’s Olympic history! Somebody get that girl some theme music and a reality T.V show!
Also this week, a female sixteen year old swimmer from China won the gold and swam faster times than the men. WHAT! THIS IS AN OLYMPIC MIRACLE! AMAZ-
Sorry, what’s that? You’re suspicious of her? She gets no congratulations, no inspiring montage of her family watching at home, nothing? Nothing. Her win is taboo. What should be an inspiring story of a young girl making history at the Olympic Games is ruined by press and public scrutinizing her body, and the ethics of her home country.
So why, exactly, should we have reason to suspect foul play? The obvious answer is because men are stronger than women, and no woman should be able to compete on the same physical level as a dude in peak shape, right? Alright, here’s the deal. This is the Olympics. It’s true that generally, male athletes have more sheer physical strength than female athletes, but it isn’t so unreasonable to think that one woman on the planet could have the ability to outswim the boys. And if she existed, she’d probably be really famous and like, go to the Olympics, right?
Amazing shit happens at these games all the time. Gymnasts break their ankles sticking landings and still take home medals. Michael Phelps is human (probably) and took home eight golds in one game. There’s a whole list up of world records that have been broken in the 2012 games already. This quote, by entitled swimming coach dude John Leonard, is a great example of bigotry against women in sports:
“To swim three other splits at the rate that she did, which was quite ordinary for elite competition, and then unleash a historic anomaly, it is just not right. I have heard commentators saying ‘well she is 16, and at that age amazing things happen’. Well yes, but not that amazing, I am sorry.”
My favorite phrase here is “historic anomaly” as opposed to “historic achievement” which is what it was. He also makes a comment on how whenever people come out looking like “superwoman” they’ve been discovered to be doped up. I guess men probably don’t look like superwomen when they make Olympic history, huh?*
So on behalf of America, I’d like to make an apology to Ye Shiwen. You’re an extraordinary swimmer. You’re disadvantaged because you’re young, because you’re Chinese, and of course, because you’re a woman, but you swim like a BAMF and you deserve to be celebrated. Keep on keepin’ on, girl. Don’t let the haters get you down.
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I’m sure every white person and their brother knows by now, if you say the n-word, you will be immediately be pegged as racist and be side-eyed for the rest of your natural life by even other racist white people.
But did you know that there are things you can say that AREN’T racial slurs that can make you racist?
I know. Shocker.
We’ll go over some of those phrases shortly, in hopes that you will realize all of the parts of racism, instead of just the parts you feel like.
But first, you must understand that racists aren’t all going out murdering PoC. They don’t all burn crosses. They don’t all scream slurs and get swastika tattoos. In fact, PoC actually like those people better, because they’re obvious and easy to avoid. I mean, if you see a guy with a swastika tattoo on his left cheek and “White Power” on his right cheek…chances are you have all the information you need to know about this guy. No no, the racists we have the most trouble with are the ones who are less obvious, the ones who actually think that they’re enlightened, and above racism.
You can catch subtle racism, either in yourself, or in others, by answering a few easy questions:
—Do you argue regularly with PoC on what the definition of racism is? Have you ever quoted the dictionary definitions in an attempt to stronghold a PoC’s definition?
- Interviewer: Why aren't you more mainstream?
- Gina Yashere: I am mainstream. Come to my live gigs and my audiences are 50% white, 50% black; I straddle that line perfectly. But the powers-that-be in television are still white middle-class men and they look at me and they don't see mainstream; they see black woman first. Most white comedians who can sell out theatres the way I do would have their own TV show by now, but it's not the same for black comics.
- Interviewer: What do you think of the black comedy shows that have been on television recently?
- Gina Yashere: No comment.
- Interviewer: No comment because you don't want to slag off your friends or no comment because you'd like a show yourself so you don't want to upset the BBC?
- Gina Yashere: You're trying to get me in trouble. All I'm going to say is there's not enough. Why are black comics all fighting for that one TV show? And if that one person gets a TV show the rest of us feel like we've been passed over for promotion? Jocelyn Jee Esien gets her show, and because she's got a TV show I know that I'm never going to get one, because they've got their "black female comedian" token slot filled. They look at us all the same, and yet they can have 100 white blokes on TV at one time and it's still not enough.
HOW DARE YOU SAY SOMETHING MEAN ABOUT A CELEBRITY WHO I’VE NEVER MET AND HAS NO IDEA WHO I AM
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today a 15 year old girl won a gold medal in the olympics and i woke up at half one in the afternoon and stayed sat in the same spot for 6 hours