I guess their whole Italian team are just full of bigots... including their idiot spokesperson
Italian Gymnast Apologizes for Racially Charged Remarks
would it take to beat black gymnasts in the Olympics? According to one
Italian gymnast she’d have to change her skin color in order to take
home a title.
An Italian gymnast and the spokesperson for the Italian Gymnastics
Federation are apologizing for racially charged comments that were
targeted at black U.S. women gymnasts, the Chicago Tribune reports.
During a video interview after an all-around final at the World
Championships in Antwerp, gymnast Carlotta Ferlito said that in order to
beat rivals like black U.S. gymnast Simone Biles, Italians would need
to have black skin.
“I told Vanny (teammate Vanessa Ferrari) that next time we should also paint our skin black, so then we could win too.”
Ferlito placed 11th in the all-around competition.
Spokesperson David Ciaralli defended Ferlito’s statement on the
Italian Gymnastics Federation Facebook page after accusations of racism
where launched against the Italian gymnast.
“Carlotta was referring to a trend in gymnastics at this moment,
which is going towards a technique that opens up new chances to athletes
of color (well-known for power).”
After receiving a grave amount of backlash, Ferlito apologized via
Twitter Tuesday. She blamed nerves for getting the best of her during
“I want to apologize with the Americans girls,” she wrote. “I didn’t
want to sound rude or racist. I love Simone and I’m a huge fan of USA
“I’ve made a mistake, I’m not perfect, I was too nervous and I didn’t think about what I was saying.
Ciaralli said that he came to Ferlito’s defense in order to move the
conversation away from race. He also maintained that Ferlito’s comment
was not of a serious nature.
“I know Carlotta. She is not racist. It was just a stupid answer, and she was joking,” the Ciaralli told the Tribune. “We had no intention of offending the United States, its gymnasts or black gymnasts.”
“Possibly in saying this, I made a mistake, and I am sorry.”
USA Gymnastics has expressed its disappointment over the comments and
have contacted the Italian Gymnastics Federation for clarification.
“which is going towards a technique that opens up new chances to athletes of color (well-known for power).”
So in other words, even their spokesidiot needs to believe the bar
(pun intended) has been lowered for Black gymnasts, who of COURSE have a
natural inclination for athletics. That’s easier for them to accept
than realizing Ms. Simone is 100x more gifted than their sorry asses.
That’s an oxymoron. How can one be naturally too powerful to beat yet have to have the rules lowered to win?