Is there something more disrespectful than representing your own country in the Olympics, while protesting it at the same time? This literally makes no sense.
A few weeks back U.S hammer thrower Gwen Berry decided to take it upon herself to protest and turn away from the American flag during the national anthem. She has since competed in the Olympics in Tokyo.
Her result is more shameful than her protest and she deserved what came to her.
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U.S. hammer thrower Gwen Berry failed to medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday after promising to protest and “represent the opposed” if she were to make it to the podium.
Berry finished in eleventh place out of twelve competitors, registering a distance of 71.35 meters in the hammer throw, according to the New York Post.
The athlete made headlines during the Olympic trials in June. While on stage receiving her medal, Berry turned her back to the flag and held up a t-shirt that read “Activist Athlete” when the anthem started playing.
“For me, it’s always been something that’s been underlyingly uncomfortable, knowing that I’m rocking this big ‘USA’ across my chest when everything about America is to demean and to keep Black people at the bottom of the totem pole,” she said. “It has always, always, always been something I have been very uncomfortable with. I’m glad I’m able to say that without being punished or without being misunderstood.”
Well Ms Berry, you can continue to fight your fight. However, you are not good enough at your own sport and protests will be nothing but a distant and forgetful memory.