Posts tagged "sports"

Tennis Player Caroline Wozniacki Accused Of Racism For Mimicry Of Serena Williams

The Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki has been accused of racism after she stuffed her bra and skirt, to give the appearance of ample breasts and butt, on the court yesterday, apparently mimicking her fellow women’s tennis player Serena Williams. Wozniacki was playing a game in Sao Paolo, Brazil, against Anna Kournikova when, with a big gri…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 11, 2012

The Soapbox: On Kasandra Perkins And The Color Of Domestic Violence

On December 1st, the sports world was in shock as reports came in that Jovan Belcher, a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, died in a murder-suicide, killing himself at the Chiefs training facility after murdering the mother of his three-month-old child in their home. Most people tried to figure out what would make a…

By: Erica Watson / December 6, 2012

College Basketball Player Fat-Shamed After Quitting Team

Today In Totally Awful News: Josh Smith, a junior on the UCLA basketball team, left the team in response to accusations that he simply wasn’t in good enough shape to play — and to a chorus of professional sports commentators and fans claiming he was “too fat.” “I have made the decision to leave the…

By: Julie Gerstein / November 29, 2012

NFL Star Brandon Marshall Tweets Naked Teammate By Accident

Brandon Marshall , a wide receiver for the Chicago Bears, was so psyched about a UCF shirt he received that he went on to tweet a photo of him wearing it to his over 750,000 followers.

But unfortunately, and understandably considering his job, he went wide — and the photo included a teammate’…

By: TruTV / November 18, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Douchey Ads For New York Knicks Removed

Whoever does advertising for the New York Knicks must have thought this ad about bagging “sixes” and “sevens” was a 10, when it’s really a zero. People are people, not numbers ranking them on their attractiveness. I was going to call this ad “sexist,” but really, it’s more all-around douchey for either gender. [VIBE]…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 9, 2012

The North American Wife-Carrying Championships Is A Thing

As far as strange competitions go, there might be nothing stranger than the wife-carrying championships. Couples — who don’t actually have to be married — complete an obstacle course while the woman is wrapped around the guy. Most couples use something called the Estonian grab — which is when the woman is wrapped ass-to-head around…

By: Julie Gerstein / October 9, 2012

Toronto Blue Jays Player Yunel Escobar Suspended For Writing Anti-Gay Slur On His Face

For those of you who don’t speak Spanish, “Tu Ere Maricon” translates to “You are a faggot.” Toronto Blue Jays player Yunel Escobar made a grave error in judgement by writing this anti-gay slur on his face during a game this weekend. Escobar defended his homophobic face painting at a press conference saying: “I don’t…

By: Ami Angelowicz / September 19, 2012

A Little Boy Without Feet Skills Us All In Soccer

Some days, you’re like “I really can’t deal with working out, I’m so tired.” And then you read about kids like Brazilian boy Gabriel Muniz, who was born without feet and still manages to play soccer, and then you feel absolutely mortified about your own laziness. [YouTube]…

By: Julie Gerstein / September 3, 2012

Condi Rice Invited To Join All-Male Augusta National Golf Club

Breaking news! The He-Man Woman Hater’s Club has finally realized girls do not have cooties.

Okay, I am being glib. But it’s friggin’ 2012, Augusta National Golf Club — it took you long enough to admit your first-ever female members, i.e. stop discriminating against over 50 perent of the population. Women have always bee…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 20, 2012

16-Year-Old Saudi Arabian Olympian Called “Prostitute” For Competing

Two women made history at the 2012 Olympics for being the first-ever female Saudi Arabians to compete in the Games.

But one of those young women, Wojdan Shakerkai, who competed in judo (and lost), has paid dearly for being a trailblazer: the 16-year-old girl has been lambasted as a “prostitute” by misogynists back…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 13, 2012

“There Are No Feminists On My Team,” Says U.S. Women’s Basketball Coach

The U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team coach Geno Auriemma has said that “there are no feminists on my team … we’re not running around burning our bras trying to make people believe in our team.” I guess he is trying to say talent wins out above all?  But way to not understand feminism at…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 10, 2012

Old Sexist Dude Concerned Olympic Athletes Are Unfeminine

“Broad-shouldered, flat-chested women with small hips; [they are] totally indistinguishable from men. Their breasts – the symbol of womanhood, motherhood – flattened into stubs as they were seen as mere hindrances to speed. I am not even talking about female javelin throwers, shot-put athletes, weightlifters, wrestlers and boxers. Their appearance is just pathetic.”
You know…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 10, 2012

Olympic Gold Medalist Missy Franklin Described As A “Mean Girl”

Today, The Washington Post ran a column praising 17-year-old Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin as a tenacious athlete. In fact, you could describe columinist Sally Jenkins’ piece as gushing. So it’s unfortunate in an otherwise awe-filled piece that Jenkins’ made a poor choice of words (emphasis mine):
This was her first Olympic gold medal…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 31, 2012

WWE Announcer Cracks A Kobe Bryant Rape Joke

On “Monday Night Raw” last night, WWE announcer Abraham Washington cracked a rape joke about a wrestler, saying the guy was “like Kobe Bryant at a hotel in Colorado … he’s unstoppable.” WWE issued an immediate apology. (In 2003, Bryant was accused of raping a 19-year-old hotel worker; prosecution dropped the charges days before…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 31, 2012

26 Olympic Sports We’d Excel At

Look, I’m a little intimidated about heading to the Olympics next week to hang out with a bunch of people who are Really Good At Sports. I’m not good at sports and typically only play them when I’ve been unassumingly tricked into them by a friend who says that it’s faster to ride bikes someplace…

By: Julie Gerstein / July 24, 2012

NASCAR Fans Jeer Lady Driver For Sucking (But Do It Sexistly So)

There’s criticism (“You suck”) and then there’s criticism that hits below the belt because it gets specific about someone’s race, gender, or sexuality (“You suck because you’re fag”). The latter is what happened this weekend to NASCAR driver Amber Cope, whose not-good driving interfered with a more experienced driver. As the car blog Jalopnik puts

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 16, 2012

Ralph Lauren Unveils The Uniforms He Designed For The U.S. Olympic Team

Today in Things That Aren’t Cute: these uniforms Ralph Lauren designed for the U.S. Olympic Team. Blazers, berets, knee-length skirts — the company’s statement says the outfits aim to “embody the spirit of American athleticism and sportsmanship,” but I think they’re more “Phillips Exeter Academy, sailing, affected accents from a place that doesn’t exist, that…

By: Rachel Krause / July 10, 2012

Muslim Women Now Allowed To Wear Headscarves In Professional Soccer

FIFA, the organization that governs professional soccer, has reversed its ban on Muslim athletes wearing the hijab after FIFA’s medical committee approved two types of headscarves which won’t pose any danger on the field. [ESPN]
A newsletter put out by Boston cops is filled with sexist, racist and all around icky jokes. [Bitch

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 5, 2012

Let’s Be Friends: 17-Year-Old Girl Who Pinched Butts At The College World Series

Dear Candice Sortino,

I know you are facing criminal charges for the recent stunt you pulled at the College Baseball World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. When asked why you made a mad dash out on to the field to pinch two baseball players’ butts you responded “Because there were so many people watching…

By: Ami Angelowicz / July 4, 2012

Meet Your Team USA Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Team!

These are the five female athletes picked to compete on behalf of Team USA in gymnastics at this summer’s London Olympics. Having spent the week watching these young ladies practice and compete at Olympic trials in San Jose, I am elated that they made the cut. Find out a little more about Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, McKayla…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 2, 2012
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