Megyn Kelly has come under fire for her comments online against a prominent Black athlete, again.
The former Fox News host thought it was her responsibility to add to an already ignorant take provided by Clay Travis in which the two mocked the fact that Naomi has recently pulled herself from contention in Wimbledon as well as the Olympics citing mental health reasons, while at the same time appearing on multiple magazine covers.
Since saying she’s too introverted to talk to the media after tennis matches, Naomi Osaka has launched a reality show, a Barbie, and now is on the cover of the SI swimsuit issue. https://t.co/7V2x1ofGJy
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) July 19, 2021
“Since saying she’s too introverted to talk to the media after tennis matches, Naomi Osaka has launched a reality show, a Barbie, and now is on the cover of the SI swimsuit issue,” tweeted Travis early Monday morning.
Megyn Kelly can’t help herself
Kelly chimed in with her own ignorant comment saying “let’s not forget the cover of (& interview in) Vogue Japan and Time Mag!.”
Osaka has been outspoken about the importance of mental health with athletes, particularly as it relates to press conferences and interview questions before and after matches. In a recently published article for Time Magazine, Osaka says “It’s O.K. not to be O.K.”
“In the past few weeks, my journey took an unexpected path but one that has taught me so much and helped me grow. I learned a couple of key lessons…Lesson one: you can never please everyone…Lesson two was perhaps more enriching: It has become apparent to me that literally everyone either suffers from issues related to their mental health or knows someone who does.”
Athletes from all over the world applauded Osaka’s sentiments (because many of them felt the same) as well as her boldness to be public with her own struggles and need to pull away.
Pundits like Travis and Kelly used Osaka’s words and withdrawals as ammunition to claim that the athlete is spoiled and entitled.
The pundits thought Osaka appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition was more ammunition, but quickly realized their ignorance backfired.
In a since-deleted tweet, Osaka said:
“Seeing as you’re a journalist I would’ve assumed you would take the time to research what the lead times are for magazines, if you did that you would’ve found out I shot all my covers last year. Instead your first reaction is to hop on here and spew negativity, do better Megan.”
In case Megyn Kelly wasn’t aware, a person has the autonomy to decide what they choose to show up for with their own body. It is fully within Osaka’s rights to decide not to do a press conference citing mental health reasons and later choose to do a photoshoot for a magazine cover.
Poor @naomiosaka blocked me while taking a shot at me (guess she’s only tough on the courts). She is apparently arguing that she shot her many covers b/4 publicly claiming she was too socially anxious to deal w/press. Truth is she just doesn’t like Qs she can’t control. Admit it. pic.twitter.com/izyRzOrUVm
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) July 19, 2021
Kelly then doubled down with her ignorance claiming that the “truth is she just doesn’t like Qs she can’t control.”
Osaka rightfully blocked Kelly on Twitter.
One way or another these pundits are going to learn, mocking athletes for what they choose to do and not do with their own body/time will never go over well for them.