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Olympic ‘Purity’ Pundits Slam Biles in Racist, Transphobic Media Tirade

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In a hateful rampage that is shocking even by the Kremlin’s standards, Russian state TV is railing against Black and LGBTQ athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympics, blasting the Games as a cesspool of degradation, debauchery, and “impurity.”

The most recent target of these attacks is star gymnast Simone Biles, who withdrew from the women’s gymnastics team final on Tuesday citing mental health concerns.

“According to her passport, she is actually a woman. What this woman has been taking in order to look like this, God only knows,” Olga Skabeeva, host of the Kremlin-sponsored TV program 60 Minutes, said of Biles, who was the first to congratulate Russian gymnasts on their Olympic gold medals.

Skabeeva’s ugly tirade continued: “She supposedly has heart problems and therefore is gobbling up Meldonium and all kinds of other stuff… Now look at our gymnasts, they’re one-third her girth and actually look like girls! They also look like people, but Simone looks like devil knows what.”

The 60 Minutes host—who, in the same broadcast, suggested that the tropical storm swirling toward Japan is “God’s punishment” for allowing LGBTQ participants at the Olympics—is just one of an army of Kremlin loyalists engaged in a weeks-long media tirade against Black and trans Olympians.

“Historically, in the United States and Europe, sports were the pastime of white males, because why would a negro be jumping around in the ring, instead of picking cotton?,” Alexei Naumov, of the Russian International Affairs Council, said on 60 Minutes last week.........

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