Naomi Osaka's Not Holding Back On People Telling Her 'Athletes Should Stick To Sports'

An ace followed by a smash.

Tennis superstar and all-around legend Naomi Osaka is one of the many celebrities who have been using their platform to share support for the George Floyd protests and she’s been quite vocal about it on Twitter.

Unsurprisingly, some folks aren’t too happy when a big-name athlete like Naomi Osaka speaks up about big issues like racism and rather she just “stick to sports.” Happily, Naomi is having none of that sort of nonsense and has gone out of her way to give those close-minded people a good roasting on Twitter.

The GOAT team talk about Black Lives Matter and the George Floyd protests on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Having spent the past week showing her support for the George Floyd protests and Black Lives Matters, Naomi Osaka took time out from sharing useful information and raising awareness to roast some dude who thought now’s the right time to tell her that “sports and politics do not mix.”

After that surprisingly nice yet pointed clapback, Naomi then went on to drag everyone else who has or has thought about telling to to “stick to sports” instead of speaking up about the George Floyd protests.

This time she wasn’t quite so nice about it.

Naomi is right on the money with her response. Yes she’s an athlete, but telling her to “stick to sports” is dehumanising and just as insulting as having some male journo asking her about shopping and smiling.

She’s a human with opinions, not something with the sole purpose of entertaining people, and she’s welcome to share her opinions. If anything, those with a big platform like Naomi’s should be using it to amplify messages of support for Black Lives Matter and the protests.

And it’s not like Naomi Osaka has been posting offensive or tone-deaf statements on Twitter either. She’s been sharing information on how to support the George Floyd protests, naming and shaming certain brands that have sent out disingenuous messages of support, and calling out instances of racism.

We love it when Naomi Osaka is bringing the heat on the tennis court, but we love it even more when she is speaking out about racism on Twitter and is not holding back on those close-minded folk who have an issue with an athlete who just won’t “stick to sports”.

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Star Wars' Support For John Boyega And BLM Is Too Little Too Late

Where was this support years ago?

John Boyega was taking no prisoners when he attended a Black Lives Matter protest in London and proceeded to give a hell of a speech in support of those fighting against racism and police brutality while not giving a damn about what it means for his Star Wars fanbase or his career.

The GOAT team talk about Black Lives Matter and the George Floyd protests on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

It was incredibly powerful stuff to see someone like John take to the streets with a loudspeaker and give an impassioned speech empowering the Black community while denouncing racists and the systemic inequality that’s been present for decades.

There was a lot of supportive messages for John Boyega following his actions at the Black Lives Matter protest in London, the most notable of which came from the Star Wars Twitter account.

Now that’s quite a nice sentiment from Lucasfilm and whoever is running the Star Wars Twitter account. Here’s the thing though, where was this kind of support for Black Lives Matter and John Boyega when he was, you know, still working on the Star Wars films?

Back in 2015 when John was working on The Force Awakens, he copped a heap of awful abuse from racist Star Wars fans who weren’t pleased at the thought of having a Black male lead. While he took it all in stride at the time, the suits behind Star Wars were deafeningly quiet about it.

There was no message or statement of support for John at the time or in the years following as he weathered the same racist storm during The Last Jedi and The Rise Of Skywalker. Nor was there any show of solidarity for John’s Star Wars co-star, Kelly Marie Tran, when she was harassed by both sexist and racist fans (and they still haven’t) though they did cut her role to almost nothing.

Needless to say that Star Wars and Lucasfilm copped a heap of backlash for for only taking a stand now for John Boyega and Black Lives Matter (and even that is putting it nicely) when it needed to be done years ago and how it is conveniently saying something now since everyone else is also doing it.

It’s nice that the suits and whoever is running Star Wars‘ Twitter account decided to finally say something in support of John Boyega. But the fact that it’s taken literally an entire country going into protest against racism and police brutality for it to happen makes the message incredibly disingenuous.

A bit too little too late there, Star Wars. Oh and Kelly Marie Tran is also waiting for her message of support as well, though we can probably assume that’s not happening any time soon either.

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Lea Michele And The Art Of Giving A Non-Apology Apology

Expected nothing less from her.

If there’s one thing that gives the GOAT team joy during these dark times, it’s when a celebrity screws up big time and proceeds to dig themselves deeper by giving a crappy apology. Happily, this exact non-apology scenario has happened with Lea Michele finally breaking her silence after being called out by her Glee castmates for her racism and just generally being an awful person.

The GOAT team dive right into this Lea Michele non-apology drama on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Just a quick reminder of what exactly went down, Lea Michele tweeted something in support of Black Lives Matters and the George Floyd protests only for fellow Glee alum Samantha Marie Ware to call her out for her racism while working together back in the day.

After subsequently copping it from other Glee cast and celebs from other projects, Lea Michele has finally broken her silence by giving an apology – exclusively – to People. And folks, it is a fine example in the art of the classic ‘non-apology apology’ that celebs live to dole out these days.

In fact, Lea Michele’s apology is so stuffed with clichés and follows such a tried-and-tested formula that you can literally break it down into bare parts. Which is exactly what we did, so let’s start with the first paragraph:

“One of the most important lessons of the last few weeks is that we need to take the time to listen and learn about other people’s perspectives and any role we have played or anything we can do to help address the injustices that they face.”

Nice, she starts with the old table-setting intro to set the scene in very vague terms without actually mention anything or anyone in particular. Could easily be copy and pasted into literally any other apology ever given and it’ll still have the same effect.

“When I tweeted the other day, it was meant to be a show of support for our friends and neighbors and communities of color during this really difficult time, but the responses I received to what I posted have made me also focus specifically on how my own behavior towards fellow cast members was perceived by them.”

Translation: The only reason I’m sharing this statement is because I got called out and it’s literally costing me my influencer partnership money.

Note how she doesn’t directly address the claims or directly name Samantha or any of her Glee castmates who called her out. Good use of the old side-step technique.

“While I don’t remember ever making this specific statement and I have never judged others by their background or color of their skin, that’s not really the point. What matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people.

Ah, the classic “I don’t remember” bit is deployed here in an attempt to absolve herself from any responsibility before being topped off with the frequently used “I’m not a racist but…” move. A bit clumsy TBH.

“Whether it was my privileged position and perspective that caused me to be perceived as insensitive or inappropriate at times or whether it was just my immaturity and me just being unnecessarily difficult, I apologize for my behavior and for any pain which I have caused. We all can grow and change and I have definitely used these past several months to reflect on my own shortcomings.”

The ol’ “I’m sorry for whatever I did to make you feel this way, but I’m not really that sorry” schtick. Note how she still doesn’t directly apologise to anyone by name but does strategically slide in the word “apologise” in the perfect spot to seem like she’s sorry.

Nice touch with the “privileged position” bit because not only does it show Lea Michele still not admitting she’s a privileged white person who’s done shitty things, she’s also not copping to what she’s being accused of doing.

“I am a couple of months from becoming a mother and I know I need to keep working to better myself and take responsibility for my actions, so that I can be a real role model for my child and so I can pass along my lessons and mistakes, so that they can learn from me. I listened to these criticisms and I am learning and while I am very sorry, I will be better in the future from this experience.”

Ooof, this is a big whammy of a finish. Starting with the classic pregnancy “I’m a mother” mention in an attempt to garner sympathy, she finishes with the tried-and-tested “I’ve listened and will be better in the future” ending sentence after demonstrating the complete opposite just moments prior.

So in short, Lea Michele’s “apology” says absolutely nothing of substance nor does it really count as an apology since she doesn’t acknowledge any of the racism claims leveled against her, her Glee cast mates by name, or even say a simple sorry that doesn’t feel disingenuous.

But hey, there is one takeaway from this “apology” from Lea Michele: she has learned absolutely nothing about being a POS or racism.

Take notes, celebs. This is a textbook example of a “non-apology apology” for next time you screw up.

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