Here’s Genie Bouchard’s Simple Response To The Twirl Controversy
by Tom Gainey | January 23rd, 2015, 8:00 am

The twirl controversy has taken on a life of its own. It started when an Australian Open presented asked Genie Bouchard to do a “twirl” during a post-match on court interview.

Some thought the request would sexist – would anyone ever ask Novak Djokovic to do that? Many, like me, don’t care.

But Genie found a cartoon that summed it up.

“Personally I’m not offended,” Bouchard said. “I think it was an in-the-moment thing and it was funny. But, yeah, I mean, it’s just funny how it’s taken a life of its own. I’m just going to try to focus on my tennis.”

Maria Sharapova also wanted no part of the story, saying today, “I really have no interest in that, honestly. I’m sure you guys have covered every part of it. You know, I stay away from that.”

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8 Comments for Here’s Genie Bouchard’s Simple Response To The Twirl Controversy

RZ Says:

If I were Genie or Serena (or any female player asked to twirl), my response would be “Sure, I’ll twirl if you promise to ask the next man you interview to twirl too.”

RZ Says:

BTW, the request to twirl puts the female players in a really awkward position. If they do it, they are submitting to a sexist request. If they don’t, they could come off as not being proud of the outfits their clothing sponsors have provided for them.

Bob Lewis Says:

In a public setting like that, it’s probably an unprofessional request. But generally, I don’t understand why a woman should feel insulted. A man finds you attractive, and you are upset by this? Really? Why is everything an issue these days? This is mostly from those that never get these requests, and/or men hating libs.

Is it not okay to be attracted to be opposite sex? Should men feel insulted, or feel it’s sexist, when a woman ask them to flex their muscles? Nah. Nor should a woman feel it’s wrong to do so.

Margot Says:

OMG here we go! Same old, same old sexist rubbish.

Jack Lewis Says:

“A man finds you attractive, and you are upset by this? Really?”
Gee maybe you’d find it creepy if some 90 year old fart wanted to have you twirl so that he could feast his eyes on you and attempt to get some rust of his cold dead loins.

Okiegal Says:

When I was a little girl I can very well remember twirling in my dress especially if it was new…..yeah me and that old fart are about the same age…….from the “twirling generation”. If he’s as old as he looked it’s gonna take more than a twirl to remove any rust….. LOL…..just saying. Should he have said it??? Well, no.

skeezer Says:

Bille Jean: “This is truly sexist. If you ask the women, you have to ask the guys to twirl as well. Let’s focus on accomplishments of both genders and not our looks.”

Love the last sentance, cause the’re plenty of past posts about “looks” and bods on this site from BOTH genders.
Btw, I think Nole would twirl if asked ;).

Okiegal Says:

There are are players who are doing dance moves after a win. He asked her to do a pirouette, which is a ballerina move…..maybe he should have asked Fed too. As far as him wanting to see something extra, I hardly doubt it. Women tennis players, for the most part, show their butts all through the match…..along with a couple of other things….just stating a fact. There are some people who want to make a mountain out of a mole hill.

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