Shaun White won a gold medal last night.
So of course we’re talking about whether or not he’s sexually harassed someone.
It’s a #MeToo word, after all!
Anyway, he was on the Today show this morning, where he apologized for calling allegations AGAINST HIMSELF “gossip.”
I’m not sure I get this. YES, sexual abuse is serious… but are you not allowed to defend yourself anymore?
If someone makes up a bunch of bullsh*t about you, are you not allowed to call it bullsh*t?
I don’t know if Shaun is actually guilty of what he’s accused of or not… but do you see what I mean? Why must he police his language about what he claims are false allegations against him?
Shaun White says he’s “truly sorry” for referring to his sexual harassment case as “gossip” — saying, “It was a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject in the world today.”
Sure. UNLESS THE ALLEGATIONS ARE LIES. THEN YOU CAN CALL THEM OUT FOR WHAT THEY ARE.
We should not be mandated to treat lies with respect simply because they’re about a sensitive topic.
If I start telling people I’m a Holocaust survivor, are you going to “respect” my crap because it’s about a “sensitive subject”?
NO! You’re going to call me out for being a LIAR. (And obviously a pretty bad one, at that…)
The snowboarding legend appeared on the the “Today” show early Wednesday to address the comments he made during Tuesday night’s post-Olympic media conference … where he was asked about the graphic sexual harassment suit filed against him in 2016.
“I’m truly sorry that I chose the word gossip. It was a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject in the world today.” @shaunwhite on his remarks at news conference when asked about harassment case pic.twitter.com/5q9jyCL61m
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 14, 2018
TMZ Sports broke the story back in August 2016 … White was sued by his female bandmember, Lena Zawaideh, who claimed White would text her penis pics, sex videos involving fecal matter and forced her to style her hair in a way that appeased him during her 7-year run with the group.
White denied the allegations — but ultimately settled the case with Zawaideh in May 2017, the terms of which were not disclosed.
But Tuesday night in South Korea — right after White won gold in the men’s halfpipe — he was asked by an ABC reporter to address the allegations. White said he was there to talk about the Olympics, not “gossip.”
OMG SO OFFENSIVE… I guess?
And I agree… this press conference was about the gold medal he just won.
A second reporter wanted to ask follow-up questions about the case, but was shut down by the moderator.
There didn’t seem to be a lot of mainstream media interest in the case back in 2016 and 2017 — interesting why not.
Well… it could be that it was a non-story and people weren’t salivating at the mouth to pin EVERY MAN ON EARTH as a sexual deviant?
Maybe that’s why.