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Dec 25: OFFLINE
Anonymous asked: (Cont) that the backlash would stop and I really don't think that asking her questions and bringing it up to her constantly is really going to do anything to change her way of thinking. If you understand what I mean. So I guess what I'm trying to say if what's a more efficient way to do it I guess? Rather than just bringing it up constantly or wishing failure on her/Italy in gymnastics. Sorry for making this so long!
I’m probably going to explain this badly but I’ll give it a go. I have actually seen a fair number of people calling her out and still tweeting her and asking her questions in interviews about it and I don’t know if you’ve seen the gymnastike interview before Glasgow but she seemed kind of upset/annoyed by the question and said she had apologised a thousand times and didn’t want to answer questions about it anymore. Which I get is the white person being able to walk away from the situation thing and I do get her frustration in a way because she had publicly apologised and she probably doesn’t understand what more she can do to stop people from asking questions about it. And the behaviour is most likely so ingrained in her that she probably doesn’t really realise how offensive and hurtful it is to Simone and other gymnasts of color. But what I’m trying to say is that asking her most likely doesn’t do anything, it won’t make her think anymore about what she said other than to wish that the backlash would stop and I really don’t think that asking her questions and bringing it up to her constantly is really going to do anything to change her way of thinking. If you understand what I mean. So I guess what I’m trying to say if what’s a more efficient way to do it I guess? Rather than just bringing it up constantly or wishing failure on her/Italy in gymnastics. Sorry for making this so long!
first of all, I just want to say thank you SO much for wording your messages so clearly and rationally bringing your point of view to the table. I actually agree with basically all you’ve said and I’m not really sure if there is a more effective way to get her to truly learn the error of her ways. I wish she would read the actual criticisms of her statement and then begin to learn, but again, that’s only wishing.
I think my problem really lies within the gymternet’s response to the issue and not carlotta’s. I mean, obviously I’ve explained my thoughts on carlotta’s response, but like you said, there’s not much more we can do on that front. I think I poorly worded what I meant to say, so I hope this will clarify it a bit. the title of that post was ‘can the gymternet please let carlotta ferlito move on’, which I kind of took as ‘can we all move on from the carlotta situation’ and not ‘can we leave carlotta alone and stop asking her questions’. that was my fault and I apologize! I do agree that badgering her about it isn’t going to do much. but I do wish the gymternet would actually be able to sit down and rationally discuss racism within gymnastics for more than a few days. it’s a serious issue and it just seems like people push the actual issue by the wayside once the topic falls off the radar. that’s more what I was going for! there are a lot of times where I feel like making a post about racism or sexism or something like that within gymnastics, but then I hold back because it’s essentially ‘blown over’, and I think that shouldn’t have to happen. that’s my big point, I guess!