We love that U.S. Olympic athletes kick so much butt, but there’s one in particular who should kiss our butts. Olympic runner Justin Gatlin deserves a gold medal in the competitive sport of being a sexist pig.
When runners Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh finished in a dead heat to tie for the third and final place on the women’s 100-meter team, rules for a tiebreaker had to be specially made since none were in place already. The USA Track and Field officials are working with Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh to determine whether a run-off or a coin flip will determine who gets the coveted Olympic runner spot. They’re expected to decide on a method later this week.
But Justin Gatlin had a different idea for how to solve the Olympic runner dilemma. A really stupid, sexist idea.
“I’m voting for Jell-O wrestling match,” fellow Olympic runner Gatlin told press. “Red Jell-O. That’s my favorite.”
Oh. My. God.
Justin Gatlin would do himself a service by stuffing his face with so much red Jell-O that it prevents him from speaking and spouting any more sexist crap. It wasn’t just one comment that made Justin Gatlin look like a sexist jackass, though. He drove the point home later on during an episode of Sports Center, where he changed his mind–and said that Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh should mud wrestle for the Olympic runner spot instead.
Instead of commending Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix on being good sports and amazing athletes, Justin Gatlin would rather invalidate everything they’ve worked for and accomplished in order to titillate and entertain his own sexist, idiotic fantasy.
Justin Gatlin couldn’t have picked a worse time to air out his sexist solutions. The same day he made his dumbass remarks, Saudi Arabia announced that women from their country were allowed to compete in the games for the first time–that’s huge news.
Three steps forward, two steps (or 100 meters) back. We know it’s only a fantasy since there’s a men’s team and a women’s team–but we kind of wish the U.S. would kick Justin out of the Olympics for being such a jerk, and open up another spot so both women could go!
An idea to quell, or at least quiet, sexist dopes like Justin Gatlin: Don’t have sex with them. In fact, prove how athletic you are, whether or not you’re an Olympic runner. If Justin Gatlin or someone of equal or lesser intelligence approaches you after spouting sexism, sprint as fast as you can in the opposite direction.
How do you think Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix should resolve the tie? Do you think sexism is still apparent in sports? Do you think Olympic runner Justin Gatlin was being stupid or was he actively promoting sexism? How do you think sexism can be remedied in sports? Tell us in the comments!