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Fri Aug 19, 2016, 09:21 AM Aug 2016

White Male Privilege Is Why We Laugh At Lochte And Vilify Douglas [View all]

Gymnast Gabby Douglas “disrespected” her entire country by not putting her hand on her heart and smiling enough during the Olympics. Swimmer Ryan Lochte is a “kid” who deserves “a break” for allegedly destroying property and lying about a traumatic robbery.

If you were wondering what white, male privilege looks like, this is it.


Douglas, who is just 20 years old, failed to put her hand on her heart during the national anthem, and did not style her hair and/or face to every individual’s liking. For those “crimes,” she was widely criticized for being “disprespectful,” “unpatriotic” and “un-American,” and called words that we’d rather not repeat in this piece. Lochte and friends reportedly defiled a gas station restroom, fought with a security officer, lied to national news sources, and may have filed a false police report. And the four of them get to be framed as talented “kids” (reminder: Lochte is 32) having one debaucherous night of fun.


✔ ?@WendyBrandes

If Ryan Lochte lied about that robbery, how can we ever believe any man's allegations of robbery? 🤔

10:41 PM - 17 Aug 2016

Anthony Dominic
✔ ?@tmzanthony

Gabby Douglas was destroyed for hand placement. He pisses on a business and blames a country, and people are making excuses. #LochteGate

2:11 PM - 18 Aug 2016

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It is outrageous how Gabby was treated. femmocrat Aug 2016 #1
I thought the same as well when I saw it. N/t roamer65 Aug 2016 #161
Did you ever notice... WinstonSmith4740 Aug 2016 #173
The law states that you should your hand over your heart for the anthem whopis01 Aug 2016 #193
I agree. WinstonSmith4740 Aug 2016 #210
No more outrageous than typical Republican fake outrage... Beartracks Aug 2016 #187
OKAY?????? whistler162 Aug 2016 #2
Well sort of I guess whatthehey Aug 2016 #3
I'm seeing more people making excuses for Lochte right now than I saw attacking Gabby D. Liberal_Stalwart71 Aug 2016 #65
Is Ryan Lochte the Donald Trump of the Olympics ? OnDoutside Aug 2016 #4
Yes malaise Aug 2016 #10
I must have a malise mind then .... ;) OnDoutside Aug 2016 #56
I actually said he must be a Trump voter:hi: malaise Aug 2016 #122
Sounds like he has plenty of potential True Dough Aug 2016 #33
One we watched and the other we were told about days after the fact. Igel Aug 2016 #5
+1. Thread can end right here. NuclearDem Aug 2016 #12
You do realize Douglas won the all around in 2012 right? mythology Aug 2016 #13
She's also written at least one book, possibly two - I can't remember. She was on the winning Squinch Aug 2016 #123
I think most of what you've written here True Dough Aug 2016 #50
no past achievements? mercuryblues Aug 2016 #58
+1000. nt awoke_in_2003 Aug 2016 #112
American culture and it's dying majority heaven05 Aug 2016 #108
+2,000,000!!!!!! Liberal_Stalwart71 Aug 2016 #138
+1000000. Plus all these excuse for a 30 year old man - what does this say to the world ? Person 2713 Aug 2016 #6
Had they been African American awoke_in_2003 Aug 2016 #113
By whom? DUers? Garden variety Racists? R. Daneel Olivaw Aug 2016 #150
Probably at least 1/2 of MSM would take that tack if not those words. RW press certainly would. Ford_Prefect Aug 2016 #192
+++1000 heaven05 Aug 2016 #199
Assumptions aside, do you have any proof? R. Daneel Olivaw Aug 2016 #212
I was very surprised to see so many DUers earnestly defending Lochte (nt) Nye Bevan Aug 2016 #7
Glad I Wasn't Among Them ProfessorGAC Aug 2016 #42
Not demanding his head <> defending him. nt Dreamer Tatum Aug 2016 #55
Was watching last night Bobbie Jo Aug 2016 #8
Phelps was cracking up laughing during one of his medal ceremonies milestogo Aug 2016 #23
I saw that too. JoePhilly Aug 2016 #30
Boys will be boys. nt NCTraveler Aug 2016 #9
That's exactly the attitude that defines this. sarae Aug 2016 #83
+1 One of the most pathetic justifications. nt. NCTraveler Aug 2016 #90
They're not even remotely the same situation. NuclearDem Aug 2016 #11
Right--one was a crime, and the other was a trivial breach of protocol Orrex Aug 2016 #174
Well, and one was a cut-and-dried case of trolls responding in real time NuclearDem Aug 2016 #176
Actually, I'd say that's a fair assessment Orrex Aug 2016 #179
An aside: LWolf Aug 2016 #14
Indeed lib87 Aug 2016 #15
So, white privilege is people not hating Lochte enough? Taitertots Aug 2016 #16
No it is disparate reactions to societal "transgressions" BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #20
In the media? The2ndWheel Aug 2016 #25
How about this analysis BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #35
What do those links have to do with the media giving The2ndWheel Aug 2016 #45
or this mercuryblues Aug 2016 #66
What media called him a kid? The2ndWheel Aug 2016 #85
Excused in the media as a 'youthful prank'?? B2G Aug 2016 #28
See post 25 - the OP is about white privilege BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #36
I assume you meant #35, and B2G Aug 2016 #48
Yes 35 BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #67
The Sporting News, for one: Saviolo Aug 2016 #59
Can you show us the media that are referring to this as a "youthful prank"? Ace Rothstein Aug 2016 #31
The OP is about white privilege - see post 25 BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #37
So the media never called it a youthful prank. Ace Rothstein Aug 2016 #43
So you naturally missed the point. BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #44
How can it be about white privilege when everyone is ripping on Lochte? Ace Rothstein Aug 2016 #47
They are only ripping him after they found out he and his companions lied. BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #73
Well, yeah. Nobody is going to rip someone who claimed to have just been robbed. Ace Rothstein Aug 2016 #76
"They should have just shut their mouths and went to bed." BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #79
I'm not excusing their behavior. Ace Rothstein Aug 2016 #82
So committing a crime is okay? BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #87
When did I say that? Ace Rothstein Aug 2016 #89
You do know what they did, right? BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #95
When did I make excuses for them? Ace Rothstein Aug 2016 #98
Really? BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #100
What you quoted wasn't an excuse, genius. Ace Rothstein Aug 2016 #102
you are REALLY reaching Skittles Aug 2016 #127
But the media was quick to accept it BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #134
You do realize crime is a bit of a problem in Rio? tritsofme Aug 2016 #144
Every single city on this planet has a "problem". BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #148
The crime problem in Rio is a legitimate news story, it's not pretend. tritsofme Aug 2016 #153
"Lochte took advantage of this to frame his lie." BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #156
So what you're saying happened melman Aug 2016 #54
All sorts of examples have appeared in this thread. BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #81
No melman Aug 2016 #88
Read my post again BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #99
lol @ salve melman Aug 2016 #117
What's obvious BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #135
exactly right bravenak Aug 2016 #168
All sorts of excuses to make it appear as white privilege R. Daneel Olivaw Aug 2016 #213
All sorts of denial about it being just that. BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #214
Opinions vary... R. Daneel Olivaw Aug 2016 #219
lapse in judgement mercuryblues Aug 2016 #60
And there you have an example BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #75
Wow, one whole example! Ace Rothstein Aug 2016 #78
Keep reading the thread as other examples are added BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #84
Sorry that the premise of the OP does not match with reality. Ace Rothstein Aug 2016 #91
it proves OP's point heaven05 Aug 2016 #115
Meanwhile everyone else is calling Lochte out. Ace Rothstein Aug 2016 #116
lockte and the others heaven05 Aug 2016 #119
Nah, they can keep their medals. What they did had nothing to do with their events. Ace Rothstein Aug 2016 #121
2 men stood up on a podium silent BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #136
Two wrongs don't make a right. Ace Rothstein Aug 2016 #141
The point is BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #142
The two things you are comparing were also a half century apart. Ace Rothstein Aug 2016 #146
Yet these types of disparate responses continue. BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #152
Again, 99.9% of the responses regarding Lochte are that he is a lying asshole. Ace Rothstein Aug 2016 #155
Only after he was outed. BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #157
But you must admit Chitown Kev Aug 2016 #162
I went to a college BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #164
I read a lot of sports blogs Chitown Kev Aug 2016 #177
hard to rip someone as a lying asshole until it is shown they lied Grey Lemercier Aug 2016 #189
OFFS BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #194
Every American city is incredibly dangerous and violent? melman Aug 2016 #195
I guess you missed the data I posted BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #197
there is NOTHING remotely close to Rio in the USA, NOTHING Grey Lemercier Aug 2016 #204
How silly BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #205
nope, I completely stand by the entirety of my post Grey Lemercier Aug 2016 #206
Of course you would. BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #207
you simply are applying a sort of reverse American exceptionalism Grey Lemercier Aug 2016 #208
Kind of like Lance Armstrong who you might agree is not black and Rilgin Aug 2016 #182
How is that any different from a racist saying B2G Aug 2016 #118
hey, not just racist heaven05 Aug 2016 #120
What if I don't care about either instance...as I do...while white? R. Daneel Olivaw Aug 2016 #151
It could simply be a recognition of a disproportional response rather than hate. LanternWaste Aug 2016 #39
"Disproportionate response" = not enough hate for Lochte Taitertots Aug 2016 #57
more like mercuryblues Aug 2016 #64
The majority think Lochte is a moron for his actions and that the Douglas incident was nothing. Ace Rothstein Aug 2016 #69
lockte and others heaven05 Aug 2016 #110
As always awoke_in_2003 Aug 2016 #114
YES!! White guys behaving badly = "kids"; innocent 12-year old black kid playing with a toy gun... Liberal_Stalwart71 Aug 2016 #17
more like mercuryblues Aug 2016 #86
NO! If you're over 18, you are an adult, not a kid. You know the difference between right and Liberal_Stalwart71 Aug 2016 #137
Just who is this "we"? I have a TON of issue with Lochte and NONE with Gabby (or the Shot Putters). jmg257 Aug 2016 #18
First of all, it was some jackholes on Twitter B2G Aug 2016 #19
D'oh Solomon Aug 2016 #22
D'oh what? B2G Aug 2016 #24
+1 melman Aug 2016 #26
exactly Fast Walker 52 Aug 2016 #52
There is at least one of every kind of asshole on twitter (yes, that includes me) jack_krass Aug 2016 #185
Who is making excuses for Lochte? The2ndWheel Aug 2016 #21
Whoops there it is Person 2713 Aug 2016 #109
There it is. It can't get any plainer than that. nt MrScorpio Aug 2016 #27
And they sit around wondering why,,,,,,, Cryptoad Aug 2016 #29
I've been overseas 8 times and nobody has ever treated me like an asshole. Ace Rothstein Aug 2016 #32
Most will not treat u like an Ahole Cryptoad Aug 2016 #38
Are you the spokesperson for what the world thinks? R. Daneel Olivaw Aug 2016 #154
No,,,, Cryptoad Aug 2016 #158
No shit. Iggo Aug 2016 #34
The story of my life :) jack_krass Aug 2016 #183
Has anyone plcdude Aug 2016 #40
What the hell? cpwm17 Aug 2016 #41
Rachel Maddow broke into her show to basically say these clowns.... ProudToBeBlueInRhody Aug 2016 #46
Pretty much no one has villified Gabby Douglas oberliner Aug 2016 #49
The Gabby Douglas situation was trending on Facebook, so yeah, a bullwinkle428 Aug 2016 #62
The big deal was in response to a very small number of comments oberliner Aug 2016 #68
First, I never saw anyone chastise Gabby about her hand placement Fast Walker 52 Aug 2016 #51
There was PLENTY of Harassment of Gabby..... LovingA2andMI Aug 2016 #61
There was a huge outpouring of support and love directed at her in response to the Twitter/FB trolls oberliner Aug 2016 #71
Yes, I missed it... I don't know why athletes pay attention to such assholes Fast Walker 52 Aug 2016 #124
Try reading your own article. Rilgin Aug 2016 #191
Thank you but Reading is a Skill Us Black Folks Have.... LovingA2andMI Aug 2016 #202
You do know, I did not know your race or gender. I just read the article you posted. Rilgin Aug 2016 #215
So.... LovingA2andMI Aug 2016 #216
I have no idea what point you are making about your signature line. Rilgin Aug 2016 #217
it's smearing white people Skittles Aug 2016 #128
You have it wrong. R. Daneel Olivaw Aug 2016 #165
I see no evidence that Lochte is getting treated well by the media or social media. Vattel Aug 2016 #53
I never vilified Douglas or jumped to Lochte's defense... Buckeye_Democrat Aug 2016 #63
This place is getting too crazy for me with the identity politics. Ace Rothstein Aug 2016 #92
Everyone thinks Lochte behaved like a dick. Throd Aug 2016 #70
The only people with that combo of opinions treestar Aug 2016 #72
This article is idiotic oberliner Aug 2016 #74
It's straight out of Bizarro World melman Aug 2016 #96
This article is 50% correct. Takket Aug 2016 #77
Mario Andrata: "Let's give these kids a break." oberliner Aug 2016 #93
"There Is No Sin Below The Equator" DinahMoeHum Aug 2016 #80
Every situation has to placate the identity politics crew. romanic Aug 2016 #94
How RW a talking point. BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #101
Put away the purity test. romanic Aug 2016 #103
Are you on the right site? BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #106
Yeah I am. romanic Aug 2016 #125
This message was self-deleted by its author MichiganVote Aug 2016 #129
we are on the LEFT SITE Skittles Aug 2016 #132
No "left site" should call discussion of perceptions of racial disparity "identity politics". BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #133
One would think the liberal position would be judging people individually on their own merits NuclearDem Aug 2016 #139
it's just pitiful Skittles Aug 2016 #140
No one is "trash(ing) white guys in general" BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #145
bullshit Skittles Aug 2016 #147
Yet there are white people on DU who don't see it as that at all BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #149
And you do? BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #160
Poor white folks. bravenak Aug 2016 #169
"since it is not EVERY SINGLE WHITE PERSON on earth who is racist" NuclearDem Aug 2016 #172
Here melman Aug 2016 #190
This message was self-deleted by its author MichiganVote Aug 2016 #131
Nothing like cherry picking events to portray your own version of reality.... jack_krass Aug 2016 #97
typical heaven05 Aug 2016 #104
Yes, Cherry picking.... jack_krass Aug 2016 #180
I think that the only people that were offended Chitown Kev Aug 2016 #105
This message was self-deleted by its author closeupready Aug 2016 #107
exactly niyad Aug 2016 #111
who the FUCK is laughing at Lochte? Skittles Aug 2016 #126
no it is making you look silly mercuryblues Aug 2016 #163
memes? melman Aug 2016 #166
oh FFS mercuryblues Aug 2016 #171
she was raked over the coals by a few idiots, but the vast majority of social media lifted her up Takket Aug 2016 #175
He committed an actual crime BumRushDaShow Aug 2016 #196
not with a better result mercuryblues Aug 2016 #198
Looks like the NY Post didn't get the memo melman Aug 2016 #209
Poor Gabby does something most americans would do workinclasszero Aug 2016 #130
yeah that would be terrible, if anybody was actually saying that Takket Aug 2016 #143
With Lochte, people don't have all the information davidn3600 Aug 2016 #167
I just wonder who that "we" shit is anyway. tonyt53 Aug 2016 #170
Sports and patriotism HassleCat Aug 2016 #178
False premise: That there is one "we" here. JackRiddler Aug 2016 #181
Whose laughing? Everyone I know says he's a jackass for this 7962 Aug 2016 #184
or... Javaman Aug 2016 #186
Hah! Double standard much? calimary Aug 2016 #188
Again, that "we". Iggo Aug 2016 #200
I wonder why the author is vilifying Douglas. AngryAmish Aug 2016 #201
The author and the mouse in her pocket. Iggo Aug 2016 #218
"We." LOL SMC22307 Aug 2016 #203
You are trying too hard Egnever Aug 2016 #211
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