We haven’t seen backpedaling like this since Deion Sanders was in the NFL and tormenting the opposng team on defense.
A few days ago, Conservative pundit Candace Owens took to Twitter and told ‘special snowflake’ Naomi Osaka to quit tennis over not wanting to do interviews. The 23-year-old ace would soon announce she was pulling out of the French Open for her mentla health and Owens had an abrupt about-face and offered sympathy.
“I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris,” Osaka wrote as part of a statement at the beginning of the week.
“She’s starting to get soooooo annoying,” Owens started, by retweeting the original post.
“Just quit tennis and become a full time activist. You make millions and are now complaining (again) because you think you’re a special snowflake that shouldn’t have to do press conferences because they are a form of ‘mental abuse’.”
“‘Change'” doesn’t make people uncomfortable,” Owens went on.
“Annoying, overprivileged, multi-millionaires who don’t even touch their own door handles, crying about how hard their lives are— that makes people uncomfortable. You have now become insufferable. Just quit the sport,” she said.
However, once she read Osaka’s admissions of suffering from “bouts of depression” since 2018 and social anxiety, Owens quickly backtracked on everything she said.
“I genuinely wish Naomi well,” Owens stressed, prior to emphasizing how “personal struggles are not universal, nor should they be”.
“The concept here is simple. I have people in my family who struggle with alcoholism. They do not demand that every venue and person in the world therefore stop drinking and selling alcohol,” she also explained.
Back in the tennis world, Osaka received praise from women’s game legend Billie Jean King who wrote: “It’s incredibly brave that Naomi Osaka has revealed her truth about her struggle with depression.”
“Right now, the important thing is that we give her the space and time she needs. We wish her well.”