Bazi wrote:Well the likes of Sid Lowe, Gab Marcotti and Rafael Honigstein
The parents of 16-year-old gymnast Simone Biles, who won the women's all-around gold medal at the World Championships last week, are ready to move on but they aren't quite ready to forgive Italy's Carlotta Ferlito for a racist comment made during the competition.
"I found it very insulting," Biles' father, Ron, told USA Today. "The racial comment was really out of line."
Simone Biles edged U.S. teammate Kyla Ross by less than a point to win the women's all-around gold medal at the world gymnastics championships.
After fellow Italian Vanessa Ferrari and Ferlito finished fourth and fifth on balance beam -- just behind Biles -- Ferlito said with a laugh during a video interview, "I told Vane that next time we'll have our skin black also so we can win, too."
Biles became the first black gymnast to become world champion. At last year's London Games, Gabby Douglas became the first black woman to win the Olympic all-around title.
"It did bother her," Nellie Biles, Simone's mother, told USA Today. "I told her, 'Don't get roped into this' and, 'Don't let those comments ruin this moment for you. Just be proud of your performance and outcome.' People are entitled to their opinion. For her to go into this racism stuff is pointless, and (Simone) is not going to address it."
Ferlito apologized Tuesday on Twitter for the comments.
"I want to apologize with the Americans girls. I didn't want to sound rude or racist. I love Simone and I'm a huge fan of USA gymnastics," Ferlito tweeted. "I've made a mistake, I'm not perfect ... I didn't think about what I was saying. I'm just a human. I'm so so sorry."
Biles returned home to Spring, Texas, on Tuesday.
"The little girls at the gym are freaking out a little bit, saying hi and giving me hugs and stuff, but that's it," Biles told USA Today.
Ron Biles said Simone is ready to move on.
"She's not fazed by it," Ron Biles said.
MUTU wrote:Now how is that a racist comment? She was implying that if you have black skin you would win, ie you're better. It was actually the opposite of a racist comment, saying that blacks are superior. If anything, it should have been the other Caucasian athletes who should have been offended... Or did I miss something?
MUTU wrote:It was actually the opposite of a racist comment, saying that blacks are superior.
MUTU wrote:For a comment to be racist, it needs to be derogatory in my opinion. I see absolutely nothing wrong with a "you guys are better than us!" comment.
MUTU wrote:By your argument, if I was to say "Germans make the best beer" that would be racist, since I'd be implying the rest of the world is inferior at making beer, even though I'm part of the "rest of the world" myself?
Borusse wrote:Didnt even read the article but from what you said it definitely sounds racist. Black people have it easier at winning or whatever because the jury will be afraid of being accused of descriminating them. So it is kind of racist because it makes you look differently at someone because of their skin color. But again - I didnt read the article.
quaazi wrote:MUTU wrote:By your argument, if I was to say "Germans make the best beer" that would be racist, since I'd be implying the rest of the world is inferior at making beer, even though I'm part of the "rest of the world" myself?
Well, usually we don't think of beer-making-capability as a fundamental biological trait inherent in racial features, so no.
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