The Biggest Stars Of Rio 2016 Are All Speaking Out Against The Media

The Olympics has been eventful and we're not just talking about the sports​


There have been displays of sporting excellence, affection (simply everyone is popping the question this year for some reason) and, unfortunately, there have also been crass displays of complete ignorance at the Olympics 2016 in Rio.  

Mostly at the hands of flippant journalists, who seem to be horrendously unaware of their racism, sexism and insensitivity. 

The Olympics has not avoided the every day occurrence of 'isms' – be it sexism, racism or chauvinism and, due to the enormous amount of media coverage, the world's athletes are letting us know what they really think about it.


The unapologetically brilliant (both in and out of the gymnasium) Simone Biles was quite ready to stop the reporters in their tracks, when they started relating her incredible athleticism to the likes of male sporting legends Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt.

Biles told the world that she is not the 'next' *insert male athlete here* she 'is the first Simone Biles.'

There are a few reasons why we love Andy Murray – he's just won a gold medal in Rio to hang nicely with the one from London 2012, he's a two-time winner of Wimbledon (celebratory Pimms anyone?) and he loves his Mum. So that's always great.

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Now we can add another charm to his list.

Earlier this year Andy Murray spoke out about witnessing the prejudice his former coach Amelie Mauresmo encountered on a regular basis.

So more recently, Murray was quick to dismiss BBC presenter John Inverdale's comment that he was 'the first person to win two Olympic tennis gold medals' pointing out that the legendary William's sisters have won four – each and are, in fact, 'people' too. 

Put that in your pipe and smoke it John.

Athletes are not only feeling the need to correct reporters, but also people on social media.

American decathlete Ashton Eaton took to his twitter in response to criticism on social media regarding him wearing a Canadian cap whilst watching his Canadian wife Brianne Theisen-Eaton compete in the heptathlon.

With the eyes of the world watching everything Rio related, it is refreshing to see that athletes using it as a platform to discuss social issues.

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