“Ashamed of our country” – American comedian Leslie Jones slams Simone Biles’ haters

Despite her infamous withdrawal from the team gymnastics competition, Simone Biles did not leave Tokyo without a medal last year.

Simone Biles and Leslie Jones

USA’s Simone Biles, who withdrew from several gymnastics competitions at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, attracted massive criticism and trolling from her ‘fans’. Reacting to this, comedian Leslie Jones grabbed the limelight for her live-tweeting during the Games, and was disappointed to see all this.

Citing mental health issues, Biles abruptly dropped out of the team competition in Tokyo 2020. The Texas attorney general even went on to call the athlete a “national embarrassment” and a “quitter”.

“This is what people need to understand: It’s not enough just to be physically fit for these Games. You have to be mentally fit for these Games. One doesn’t work without the other. And the pressure that is put on these athletes has to be enormous,” Jones told the New York Times in a story published Wednesday. 

“People make them look like superheroes, but they are humans”

Simone Biles
Simone Biles

The former Saturday Night Live star and actress explained that she’d watched the Olympics all her life. She mentioned that live-tweeting on them came to her much later, after she’d gotten her start posting commentary on a popular drama.

Jones said: “The way that they attacked Simone Biles, I was ashamed of our country because, first of all, most of the people that complained were sitting on their fat asses on the couch. You’ll never do a cartwheel and you have the nerve to talk about someone and tell them that they let the country down? We have to start taking accountability that they are not actually superheroes. They do make it look like they’re superheroes, but they are humans.”

However, Jones did face a challenge in covering the big events happening this year in Tokyo because some of the videos she posted were blocked on different social media platforms.

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