Earlier this week, Olympic Gold Medalist Stephanie Rice discretely shared a photo of her bikini-clad body with anybody who has basic Internet access and a functioning Twitter account. The picture, which vaguely resembles a tasteful JCPenney advertisement, showed the athletic beauty of somebody who has dedicated her entire life to training for her nation’s glory. Naturally, a young woman feeling confident about her body angered the World Wide Web.
It wouldn’t be prudent to mine the depths of social media to quote comments littered with phrases like “daytime stripper” or “Aspiring Canadian Football League Cheerleader,” but rest assured, the number of dissenting online voices was less than comforting.
Although taking sexy iPhone photos of yourself standing in front of a mirror has become as American as Brett Favre’s genitals, Rice’s fellow Australians felt she embarrassed a country that is responsible for both Mel Gibson and Vegemite with the picture.
No sanctions have come down from the shadowy board of ominous figures who run the Olympics, but if the online outrage is any indication they will probably say mean things about her on Facebook or spread unflattering rumors before homeroom.