Swimmer Stephanie Rice, who swims for a living while wearing a swimsuit in a swimming pool, is catching flak in her native Australia for tweeting a picture of herself in a swimsuit. The nerve of some people.
The three-time gold medalist took the shot of herself wearing a birthday gift from designer Ellie Gonsalves and posted it on Twitter. It made figurative waves one month before she defends her Olympic titles in both individual medleys.
Oh, how you disappointment me my Aussie friends. I can see how this would be a big deal in America, what with our Puritanical sensibilities and penchant for affected moral outrage. But in Australia? The land founded as a penal colony where everyone’s laid back, even when comparing the size of their knives? She’s a swimmer in a swimsuit! That’s like getting upset at Michael Phelps for walking around shirtless. Plus, isn’t it like 115 degrees during Melbourne summers? I just assumed everyone walked around like this.
My theory: This controversy was ginned up so papers in Australia had a legitimate reason to run the photo. For shame, y’all. We’d never stoop so low in the United States.
Despite the absurdity over the uproar, Stephanie isn’t necessarily in the right. Doesn’t she know the rule about taking racy photos of yourself in the mirror and sending them over social networks? Angle the phone to the right so the flash doesn’t obscure your face! Or don’t take them. Yeah, that’s what I’m probably supposed to say there.
Are the Netizens’ reactions to Stephanie Rice’s photo just plain absurd, or is it really racy? Did she deserve all the criticism that she received? Share your thoughts and comments with us!