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Stephanie Rice, gold-medal swimmer, criticized for wearing racy swimsuit

10:04 am - 06/27/2012
Swimmer Stephanie Rice, who swims for a living while wearing a swimsuit in a swimming pool, is catching flak in her native Australia for tweeting a picture of herself in a swimsuit. The nerve of some people.

The three-time gold medalist took the shot of herself wearing a birthday gift from designer Ellie Gonsalves and posted it on Twitter. It made figurative waves one month before she defends her Olympic titles in both individual medleys.

Some Twitter commenters thought it was another disgrace to an Australian swim team that's recently dealt with a gun controversy. There was also concern that Rice's sponsor, Speedo, would be upset by the photo because -- I don't know -- they don't like free publicity? But, rest assured, Rice isn't even with Speedo anymore!

Oh, how you disappointment me my Aussie friends. I can see how this would be a big deal in America, what with our Puritanical sensibilities and penchant for affected moral outrage. But in Australia? The land founded as a penal colony where everyone's laid back, even when comparing the size of their knives? She's a swimmer in a swimsuit! That's like getting upset at Michael Phelps for walking around shirtless. Plus, isn't it like 115 degrees during Melbourne summers? I just assumed everyone walked around like this.

My theory: This controversy was ginned up so papers in Australia had a legitimate reason to run the photo. For shame, y'all. We'd never stoop so low in the United States. (See below for more Rice photos.)

The current 400 IM world-record holder has been in trouble before for tweeting racy pictures. A few years ago, she posted this picture of herself dressed as a police woman.

Despite the absurdity over the uproar, Stephanie isn't necessarily in the right. Doesn't she know the rule about taking racy photos of yourself in the mirror and sending them over social networks? Angle the phone to the right so the flash doesn't obscure your face! Or don't take them. Yeah, that's what I'm probably supposed to say there.

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mandrill 27th-Jun-2012 03:06 pm (UTC)
Any excuse to run a photo of a hot female athlete, I suppose.

I will use this thread as an excuse to post a photo of the magnificent Serena Williams.

mahasin 27th-Jun-2012 03:42 pm (UTC)

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furrygreen 27th-Jun-2012 03:13 pm (UTC)
I wish the morality police would get over themselves.
wikilobbying 27th-Jun-2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
Some Twitter commenters thought it was another disgrace to an Australian swim team that's recently dealt with a gun controversy.

...one of these things is not like the other...
lozbabie 27th-Jun-2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
For the record the gun 'controversy' was two swimmers who were in America taking a photo of themselves holding twI guns. And they posted it to Facebook. Why it's a controversy I don't know. One of the swimmers had been kicked off the 2008 team for assaulting a fellow swimmer but he'd been punished for that.
poetic_pixie_13 27th-Jun-2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
iolarah 27th-Jun-2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
Oh noes! Not a swimsuit! *eyeroll*
bluebombardier 27th-Jun-2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
Well, that's just fantastic. If you're a woman, it doesn't matter how famous you are or where you live, people still try to police your body. Hooray.
furrygreen 27th-Jun-2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
It's for our protection, my dear. If people didn't police our bodies, we might start thinking we're human too. Imagine that embarrassment.
oudeteron 27th-Jun-2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
Taking a pic of yourself in whatever you want is the same as running around with a gun, now? Well GOOD TO KNOW. Body-policing fuckers.
lafinjack 27th-Jun-2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
She could have poked someone's eye out? I dunno.
lafinjack 27th-Jun-2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
eyetosky 27th-Jun-2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
Nevermind that's the most conservative sexy cop costume I have ever seen in my life.
anolinde 27th-Jun-2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
I know, right? I actually really like it, tbh. It seems like something I could wear and feel both sexy and comfortable (i.e. not constantly worrying about accidentally flashing someone, lol).
erunamiryene 27th-Jun-2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
... yeah, those are both REALLY racy. /eyeroll I'm pretty sure my swimsuit shows more skin, and comic book characters wear less than the bottom picture but I don't hear anyone yelling about that.
lickety_split 27th-Jun-2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
I'm quite disappointed by how tame these are.
lil_insanity 27th-Jun-2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
Right? The only issue I have with the swimsuit is that it's kinda ugly. I was hoping to see something like this, or smaller:
jettakd 27th-Jun-2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
Oh no a professional swimmer took her picture in a swimsuit, teh horror.
chimbleysweep 27th-Jun-2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
anolinde 27th-Jun-2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
Ooh, do you have any more gymnastics gifs? Slash know where I can get some?
beoweasel 27th-Jun-2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
Good lord! HOW DARE SHE! Next thing you know, girls will be wanting to wear swimsuits too! ...Wait.
nycscribbler 28th-Jun-2012 02:06 am (UTC)
Wait, seriously? This is a deal? In Australia? The country that puts out a magazine every four years with their athletes naked? I've seen Lauren Jackson and Penny Taylor's pics in there, and O HAI DERE. Plenty more than in that swimsuit photo.
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