Olympic hammer thrower Gwen Berry is not only facing what she said on Twitter all those years ago, but defending her history of racially-charged and offensive tweets and compared the controversy to the three decades-old allegations that surfaced against Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court nomination.
The 32-year-old took to Twitter Saturday after she was in the headlines about old tweets of derogatory comments she made about Chinese, Mexican and white people, as well as tasteless jokes about rape. The offensive tweets dated back up to ten years when she was in her 20’s, which is well before she was on the Olympic teams for Rio in 2016 and Team USA for the 2014 Pan American Sports Festival.
Some of the tweets appeared to mock people based on their race, with Berry writing in November 2012: ‘Mexicans just don’t care about ppl’.
In April 2011 she wrote: ‘Just saw this gurl wearing heels with white socks!! What the Hell..#chineseppl always try to start new trends..smh..ggguuurrrllll.’
‘This lil white boy being bad as hell!! I would smack his *** then stomp him!! Smh #whitepplKids hella disrespectful,’ she tweeted in Jun 2011.
‘White people are sooo retarded when they are drunk,’ Berry wrote in a tweet later that same year.
‘This lil white boy being bad as hell!! I would smack his ass then stomp him!! Smh #whitepplKids hella disrespectful,’ Berry wrote in a June 2011 tweet.
Here’s how she responded:
‘Is that the best THEY could come up with?’ Berry tweeted Saturday, sharing a link to a New York Post article about her past comments.
‘I’ll just say I can relate to the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the USA Brett Kavanaugh and agree, there’s a lot of s**t I don’t do like I did when I was 18 or 20.’
Kavanaugh’s nomination for Supreme Court justice by Donald Trump sparked an uproar years ago after women came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct back in the 1980s.
It does not appear her old tweets will do anything negative to her.