Stephanie Rice apologises for ‘offensive Tweet’

Seven's Stephanie Rice says an extreme comment made on Twitter was made "in the excitement of the moment."

Channel Seven personality and Olympic swimmer Stephanie rice has apologised for a comment she made on her Twitter feed which has been branded as homophobic.

After the Wallabies’ win over the Springboks in South Africa on Saturday night, Ricetweeted; “Suck on that f**gots”, adding; “Probs the best game I’ve ever seen!! Well done boys.”

Rice has since removed the comment and apologised.

“I made a comment on Twitter last night in the excitement of the moment,” she told news.com.au.

“I did not mean to cause offence and I apologise. I have deleted it from the site.”

Former NRL player, openly gay Ian Roberts slammed her actions.

“She is an idiot and anyone who continues to endorse her as an athlete is an idiot as well,” he said.

“And I say that with a very sad tone in my voice. What a fool.”

Rice was signed by Seven following the Beijing Olympics for a reported $700,000, but so far her on-air appearances have included a 90 second appearance in Make Me a Supermodel, plus a guest appearance on Better Homes and Gardens.

Source: news.com.au

54 Responses

  1. You would think someone in the public spotlight would be a bit more media savvy. If you’re a celebrity and using Twitter or any other social media, you really should be thinking “Can this be taken the wrong way?”, “Could this be offensive?” or “Could this end up on the front page of the Daily Telegraph” before posting something.

  2. @SomeoneBBBA

    If you’re not gay then this isn’t about you. Period. Who are you to say how gays should feel in response to anti-gay slurs?

    It’s not about grammatical nuances either. She tweeted a word that historically was used to ostracise and ridicule a group of people for being who they inherently are. When gays use the term, they do so as a means to ‘reclaim’ the word, to take ownership of it, just like African Americans do with the N word.

    You should really check your privilege before commenting on issues like this.

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