Marion Bartoli Bullied
You would think that in today’s modern age, bullying by adults would be frowned upon; especially bullying by people who are in the public eye. That couldn’t be further from the truth however, as evidenced by the recent bullying of Wimbledon tennis star Marion Bartoli.
When Bartoli beat out opponent Sabine Lisicki Saturday for the Wimbledon women’s championship, many people were upset, but if the girl has the talent then she deserved to win. What was said to be an innocent remark by a BBC announcer, “she was never going to be a looker, but boy did she work hard for the win,” started an onslaught of insults and put downs on Twitter, aimed at the new Wimbledon champion.
The insults seemed to take on a “she’s too ugly to have the title” theme, and even started talk of sexism in tennis. You never hear anything said about the looks of the winner on the men’s team. Marion Bartoli played a good game, won the championship, and deserves the respect of your peers, and the masses, just as much as the champion of the men’s division does.
Luckily, the 28-year old French player isn’t letting the insults bother her, at least as far as we can tell. She was rumored as saying that she never wanted to be a model, never wanted to be a smashing blonde, that all she ever wanted to do is win Wimbledon, and she did.
In my humble opinion, that is exactly why Marion Bartoli deserves to be the women’s champion. She got out there, gave it her all, and she doesn’t care what other people think of her or her looks. She worked her way to the top by being strong and playing the game she loves, you can’t ask for more than that. It doesn’t take a super model to win at Wimbledon, just a woman with determination, skill, and guts to get out on the court, no matter what the rest of the world thinks, and that is what it’s all about. Congratulations Marion, way to go, the world applauds you.