If an American athlete that happened to be Black traveled to a European country for the Olympics, disrespected locals and then fabricated a tale about those same locals robbing him at gunpoint, how would the media respond? The clowns of Fox News? Politicians? Would Donald Trump be giving a press conference right now calling on President Barack Obama to extradite that athlete … or nah? Seriously, imagine if Ryan Lochte was Latrell Sprewell. He’d be under arrest right now.
Ryan Lochte is White privilege personified … a drunken frat bro responsible for whipping up an international sh*t-storm by accusing a Brazilian dressed like a police officer of sticking a gun to his head and robbing him. In reality though, the aquatic thug’s tall tale never happened, despite initially seeming plausible … because, well, it’s Brazil and we’ve all seen City of God.
So, what did happen on the night that the celebrated swimmer and three of his Olympic bros allegedly got robbed? Well, according to a Brazilian police source “one of the swimmers was seen on CCTV footage breaking down the door to the bathroom at [a] gas station and fighting with a security guard.” That quote given to ABC News is very different than the story being peddled by the athlete. So is the surveillance video that shows one of the swimmers urinating on the wall of the gas station in Rio’s Barra da Tijuca neighborhood.
Perhaps Lochte and his cohorts thought they were still in America, a country where pointing the finger at a person of color usually means persecution and prosecution of that subject without analysis. Hello, Central Park Five. Lochte should have made sure his Google Maps app was connected to the local wifi. His White privilege didn’t make it onto the plane when he departed for Rio, because even as racist as Brazilians can be, they’re Brazilians first: Black and White after. Nationalism. And it’s chlorine clear they don’t take lightly to Americans of any complexion coming into their country, acting like fools and then placing the blame solely on the shoulder of its citizens.
Neither is Twitter who has been bashing Lochte and the others for their behavior.
Ryan Lochte is a prime example of white privilege.
— The Real Puff Daddy (@theCeezus) August 18, 2016
I wonder what the reaction would be if Ryan Lochte was a black person, or any race other than white for that matter. #LochteGate
— Ata Dizdar (@ata_dizdar) August 18, 2016
I bet Ryan Lochte is voting for Mr. Brexit this November
— Rogue Oneders (@colonelnemo) August 18, 2016
If the US Men’s basketball team did what Ryan Lochte did the president would have to comment on it. @getnickwright is on point.
— Tony Anderson (@TonyAndersonTV) August 18, 2016
Michael Phelps is faster than Ryan Lochte at becoming an adult too.
— Linda B.S. Sullivan (@lbs_sullivan) August 18, 2016
you’re ignorant if you think ryan lochte being cuban and looking white aren’t why he’s being treated the way he is. https://t.co/mgCvZ0kJcs
— Shyne Coldchain Jr. (@Smooth_Orator) August 18, 2016
#LochteGate It seems that Black people can’t have nice things.They made history at the Olympics, yet Ryan Lochte is now the top story!
— Alex K Tatiracanal (@alextatiracanal) August 18, 2016
Goes into another country, antagonizes people, blames them for it, comes back home like nothing happened. #RyanLochte is the United States.
— #BlackAugust (@BlackAutonomist) August 18, 2016
If Ryan Lochte were black and a basketball player, the words thug, criminal, danger to society, and lack of family structure would trend.
— Brian Koppelman (@briankoppelman) August 18, 2016
I can’t believe a white guy’s lying would be excused while a black girl gets lambasted 4 hand placement…oh, wait. America. #RyanLochte
— Ariane Resnick (@ArianeResnick) August 18, 2016
Ryan Lochte, Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and James Feigen thought they would get away with their lie because of who they are and where they’re from in contrast with the unfortunate reputation Rio has earned over the years. We’re glad they were wrong. And don’t waste your time with comments about Ryan Lochte being half Cuban; he and Elian Gonzalez have nothing in common.
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