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Gwen Berry Didn’t Always Hate The Flag, Only Now That It’s Trendy

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Before her recent debut as an “Activist Athlete,” Saluki Gwendolyn Berry trained relentlessly toward reaching the 2016 Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, to represent America.

Five years later, Berry’s platform on the world stage seeks to condemn America for past sins, which didn’t always appear to be the case with the Olympic athlete.

Noted by Twitter user Tim Young, Berry released a personal website leading up to the games in Rio that showcased a radical difference in political beliefs held by the track and field athlete.

The website’s description of Berry frequently alludes to a pride for country, while the picture of Gwen hoisting the American flag with a smile appears to support the sentiment.

Listening to her platform today, Gwen Berry now promotes any tribute to America as a problematic position supporting oppression. With the change in messaging, outlets have called Berry out for becoming more of a trending topic than an athlete with an authentic message.

Berry told Fox News, “I never said that I hated the country. I never said that. All I said was I respect my people enough to not stand for or acknowledge something that disrespects them. I love my people. Point blank, period.”

By becoming the latest “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything” athlete, Berry appears to have understood the upside of denouncing her nation as the media’s coverage avoids headlines that denounce her quick turn from patriotism to posturing.

Berry’s website description ends:

“With countless hours of training and determination, Berry will surely succeed at her dream of representing her country at the 2016 Summer Olympics.”

Written by Alejandro Avila

Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Guided by Kevin Harlan on one shoulder, Eli Manning on the other, Alejandro joins the OutKick community with an authentic passion for sports, pop culture, America, and episodes of Jeopardy!

 

Twitter: @AlejandroAveela

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  1. Plus, who care about the hammer throw…why is that even an event? It must date back to some sort of oppression or medieval warfare, so I’m personally triggered and offended by anyone who participates in such barbaric activities.

  2. To be financially compensated for shitting on your country is just incredible. I just read about PUMA sponsoring her now. pathetic

    (I’m aware that it’s not going to happen) —> but honestly let’s skip the civil war 2.0. And we just peacefully disband into 2 separate countries. This simply cant continue on like this…

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