Nadzeya Ostapchuk took home the gold medal today in the women’s shot put after a 21.36-meter launch. Rather than celebrating her achievement, though, countless Twitter trolls instead chose to hammer Ostapchuk — from a safe distance, of course — for not looking like a supermodel.
Most of the insults directed at Ostapchuk suggested that she is not, in fact, a woman. Lovely.
Pathetic. But the pigs just kept piling on:
Cue the sexual filth:
Even celebrity classiness-monger Ricky Gervais weighed in:
Fortunately, chivalry is not completely dead. A few people rightly stood up and defended Ostapchuk against the haters:
We couldn’t agree more. Congratulations to Ostapchuk on her win.
And to her misogynistic detractors: Shame on all of you.
Ostapchuk was stripped of her gold medal yesterday after testing positive for steroids.
After an IOC hearing, she was formally expelled from the games and had her victory and medal removed from the records. She was the eighth athlete, and first medalist, caught during the IOC’s London drug-testing program.
Track and field’s governing body, the IAAF, will consider further action against Ostapchuk, who could face a two-year ban from the sport.