Weightlifter Goes Viral for Her Thoughts on Laurel Hubbard, the First Transgender Olympian
US national weightlifter Laura Mariel shared her thoughts on transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard's first Olympic debut and women's equality in sports.
Laurel Hubbard made history as the first transgender to compete in the women's super-heavyweight division for weightlifting in this year's Tokyo Olympics. However, her debut was met with diverse reactions from both men and women.
Recently, another weightlifter, Laura Mariel, aired her sentiments on TikTok after receiving a question about transgender athletes competing in sports games.
"A lot of people that are concerned about transgender women in sports have not given a flying [expletive] about me as a female athlete."
Those people are apathetic towards the inequalities of female athletes in salary, opportunities, and fame, yet suddenly ask about the competitive nature of having a transgender person in the sports industry, Mariel said.
SUPPORTING HER WORDS
Reactions to Mariel's video were diverse comments, with some claiming that she did not directly answer the question and instead dodged it to avoid stirring an issue. However, one supporter reiterated her words on Twitter. He said:
"Most asking this question want their biases against transgender people confirmed, not corrected. There is no actual answer that will satisfy their curiosity because they don't actually want an answer."
Another social media user agreed with Mariel, claiming that people have not cared long enough to campaign for gender equality in sports but are suddenly interested when a transgender person comes into play.
I'll be honest, this is outside of my usual concerns. I had no real opinion on the subject at all, but this has opened my eyes! Fantastically put across and I will be using everything she said in any conversations on this topic I may have in the future 👏🏻— Shamelasso (@shamelasso) August 2, 2021
Unlike Mariel, the women in this year's weightlifting Olympics did not have much to say about a transgender woman competing against them.
The athlete failed her first attempt to raise a 120 kg bar above her head.
During a press conference with athletes Li Wenwen, Emily Campbell, and Sarah Robles, a journalist asked about the women's feelings about Hubbard joining the competition. For nearly ten seconds, the room observed an awkward silence until Robles said, "no, thank you."
Huge congratulations to Emily Campbell as she takes silver at Tokyo 2020.— BritishWeightLifting (@GBWeightLifting) August 2, 2021
This is the first Olympic medal for a British female weightlifter & the first medal for GB weightlifting since 1984.
Emily set a new British record in the C&J and Total.
What an incredible performance! pic.twitter.com/fO82woP0Z9
She was able to do so in the second attempt but could not lock her arms, which was not counted as a proper lift. Her third attempt was not successful either.
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