It’s fascinating to see people on the left suddenly decide that they have the right to be rude to everyone in the name of “protesting,” but that if anyone disagrees with them, it’s because they’re “racist” or “fascists.” It’s fascinating and disgusting at the same time.
A U.S. Olympic track and field trials athlete protested the playing of the National Anthem on June 26 in Oregon by turning away from the American flag and placing a black T-shirt over her head.
Gwendolyn Berry, who received a bronze medal in the hammer throw that day, took a quarter turn away from the flag and faced the audience on the podium as athletes received their medals.
Berry, a 31-year-old black American and outspoken activist against “systemic racism” in the United States, turned to face the stands instead of the country’s flag as “The Star-Spangled Banner” played, while the gold and silver medalists placed their right hands on their chests and stood facing the flag.
Toward the end of the song, Berry picked up her black T-shirt with the words “Activist Athlete” emblazoned on the front and draped it over her head.
She reportedly complained about the timing of the National Anthem, which was set to play at 5:25 p.m., but instead was played five minutes earlier. The athlete claimed that the organizers did it “on purpose” to her, and that “it was a setup.”
Did it ever occur to you, Gwen, that it was never about you and still isn’t?
But Berry obviously really wanted to make it about her, and the backlash (unlike the timing of the playing of the National Anthem) really is about her and her behavior.
One example of that backlash came from former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that Berry’s reaction was a “publicity stunt” and that Berry would have known when the National Anthem was going to be played “if she had taken the time to read the schedule that was published.”
Apparently, that was too much mental effort for an “activist athlete” to do.
Representative Dan Crenshaw went even further over the issue. Jordan Lancaster writes,
Republican Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw said Monday morning on Fox News that Gwen Berry, the Olympic hammer thrower who turned away from the flag during the national anthem, should be kicked off the team.
“We don’t need any more activist athletes,” Crenshaw said. “She should be removed from the team. The entire point of the Olympic team is to represent the United States of America. That’s the entire point.”
McEnany and Crenshaw are right. Berry needs to go. She’s there to do a job: do her best at the Olympics representing the United States. If she doesn’t like the United States, then, I’m sure some third rate country that already practices the “social activism” that she promotes will be happy to have her.