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Rugby great condemns Swimming Star for "anti-gay" Tweet

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posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 05:57 AM
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Twitter is hardly a private social networking service. The main problem with her keeping her sponsorships is her unprofessional behavior and outbursts, and if she wants to continue being an advertisement for athletic-wear companies, she should start acting more mature so that she is deserving of being the visible representation of multiple big-name companies. Think about it, I mean really. This girl swims for a living. All people ask for her is that she acts like a grown up and she will accumulate money for ... swimming. Is that really so much to ask? The income of this business is based on companies that want to use the positive image of athletes to sell their products. If this positive image is tainted by immature behavior, sponsors are obviously going to question whether or not the public is going to respond to this athlete as positively as they did in the past. It's really all completely logical.




posted on Sep, 11 2010 @ 08:07 AM
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The message her sponsors are sending is this: "mistakes will not be tolerated." Isn't that a fantastic message to be sending to the public? One strike and you are out. Say one thing that is considered offensive and we want nothing to do with you. We will not support you when you fall.

In other words, you are asking public figures to be robots that never transgress and keep a squeaky-clean image no matter how unnatural this is for the person. It is an absolute joke that Stephanie Rice has been treated in this manner just because she used the wrong word when showing her excitement for her country's rugby team beating another country's team.


edit on 11/9/2010 by Dark Ghost because: formatting



posted on Sep, 11 2010 @ 08:26 AM
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Let's face it jaguar probably had other reasons as well.....no secret about that. But then again, in the end it doesn't matter, just more of the stupification of the world...........



posted on Sep, 11 2010 @ 11:48 PM
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Good point...if you are in the public spotlight, mistakes are judged very harshly. But the overreaction from her sponsers serves only (at least in my eyes) to suggest said sponsor is concerned simply about money and image, and has no 'humanity' or forgiveness in them. A good reason to boycott the sponsor, if anything.



posted on Sep, 12 2010 @ 12:44 AM
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By dropping the athlete, the sponsor only proves that it is a 'fairweather friend'; the lowest, most vacous, and unreliable type of friend possible.

they would have been better off giving her a public dressing down, saying they do not condone her comments, but will stand by her because of her achievements.

A friend in need is a friend indeed. A friend who abandons you at the first sign of trouble is a dog.



posted on Sep, 12 2010 @ 02:14 AM
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Originally posted by TheBloodRed
I see nothing wrong with her comment.


Then there's nothing wrong with calling her an idiot either.

Fair is fair.



posted on Sep, 12 2010 @ 04:19 AM
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Her comments were directed at a rival country's rugby team. When people call her an idiot they are directing at her as an individual and therefore it is not the same.



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