When a Black Lives Matter protest occurs and no one knows what it is, does it still make a sound?
Well, in the case of a Costa Rican gymnast who finished her Olympics floor routine Sunday in Tokyo by taking a knee and raising a fist, it does after the fact.
Luciana Alvarado, the country’s lone gymnast, according to Fox News, took the action in “apparent support” of the oft-violent BLM political movement, saying the move was choreographed to pay homage to BLM.
The athlete’s explanation afterward could be a case study on the impact of the media being in lockstep in driving the preferred liberal narrative, as Alvarado saw her actions as an effort “that brings everyone together.”
“My cousin and I, we both do it in our routines,” she said. “And I feel like if you do something that brings everyone together, you know, and you see that here, like ‘Yes, you’re one of mine, you understand things,’ the importance of everyone treated with respect and dignity and everyone having the same rights because we’re all the same and we’re all beautiful and amazing so I think that’s why I love to have it in my routine and I love that my little cousin does it on her routine too.”
— Mari (@very_berry99) July 25, 2021
Far from bringing the country together, early ratings suggest such actions proved to further divide us. The Tokyo Olympics saw the televised opening fall flat in the U.S. last week, with the lowest ratings in more than three decades being realized.
There are multiple reasons being offered for this, but chief among them is the notion that a woke brigade of athletes intended to make the games all about politics, looking to exploit the Games to protest racial injustice — this being more a construct of the radical left than actual application.
It certainly didn’t help matters to watch Team USA athletes fawn over first lady Jill Biden, like she was a goddess.
— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) July 24, 2021
Alvarado’s gesture was incorporated into her artistic routine, but Fox News said it’s unlikely to draw any punishment from the International Olympic Committee.
“The IOC relaxed some aspects of Rule 50, which prohibits political gestures from athletes in the Olympics,” the network reported. “The IOC said athletes can protest but not during a competition or on the medal stand. It doesn’t appear Alvarado would be taking the medal stand in Tokyo.”
In one respect, Alvarado did bring people together — in condemnation over the stunt.
Here’s a quick sampling of some of the responses to the story from Twitter:
When you’re more focused on sending your woke political message during your performance and not on your performance in general you don’t make it to the finals.
— Cat, The World’s Hottest Mom (@TexasKitty5) July 26, 2021
Showing her support for a racist group that could care less about black folks… I don’t see them very active in Chicago 🙄
— Timothy Cox (@MrTC1978) July 26, 2021
BLM just supported the Communist Cuban govt. over the Cuban people being jailed and beaten for protesting. Do you support the Communist Cuban govt too; just like BLM?
— Jason Hill (@jasonwalkerhill) July 26, 2021
#blm is a racist Marxist organization. Luckily we don’t have to watch you do this again.
— 🇺🇸 Actually, I prefer Gin 🏴☠️ (@nut_vodka) July 26, 2021
Ratings are tanking because of this crap. Nobody I know is bothering to watch
— Harry Caito (@hcaito46) July 26, 2021
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