Stephanie Rice apologises for ‘offensive Tweet’

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

“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.



  1. Wow, this is just sad. I would have hoped that by 2010 we would have gotten over this nonsensical idea that words can somehow be inherently offensive. Alas, it seems as though every time a word becomes more acceptable to use, another word is forced to take it’s place as a new taboo. It’s pathetic. The meaning of a word is assigned to it by the person who uses it. The person interpreting the word can either choose to interpret it as it was intended, or they can refuse to do so and carry on like a petulant child who is incapable of understanding grammatical nuance.

  2. Secret Squïrrel

    @koverstreet – you’re talking bollocks again. Homosexuals as a group were not burnt at the stake in the middle ages. The correct etymology is that the term “fa**ot” was first perjoratively applied to old women and later, like other female words such as “queen” and “nancy”, was then applied to men who were considered to be effeminate (who may or may not have been homosexual).

    That said, Rice was wrong to use that word in that sense publicly, and is no doubt rightly feeling the heat of people’s outrage. Hopefully she’ll learn to think before she types/speaks in future, essential skills for someone who is presumably looking at a career in TV.

  3. In response to some comments:
    I agree that it’s really ok if you use the word non-offensively. But the thing is, it’s quite hard to use the word non-offensively. Most of the time, (young) people use the word with their friends as a name-calling thing: “Ben you’re such an idiot, stop being a fa**ot”. That’s probably not something that would sit well with me, but there is one thing coming out of a situation like that, that I agree with. And that is the word starts to become used in contexts that aren’t referring to gays, and possibly the word would become less and less offensive. But in this day and age, people still use the word to be hurtful towards gays, so that’s the reason why we shouldn’t use that word in any context. Because it is hurtful (it can be hurtful).

    Here’s a little story from my childhood:
    Two grade 2 girls were crossing the road while I was walking home from school (I was in year 7). One girl made it across the road first, and screamed at the other girl: “Hurry up you fa**ot, you’re so slow!”

    I’m still undecided about what I feel about that incident. I also feel the four-letter C word is also offensive. It’s used amongst men who call their mates a ‘vagina’ as an insult… Which basically says it’s demeaning to be a “vagina” or have a vagina. I.e. to be a woman.

    That’s my interpretation as a young person. Oh a side note, I’m not that offended by people using the word gay instead of stupid, because they’re not offending me in the process. However, overusing it doesn’t sit well with me. Anyway, this story’s getting old… I’m gonna move on! 🙂

  4. Ian Roberts takes offence and then proceeds to call her an ‘idiot’ and a ‘fool’. Hmmmm. Anyway, the f word is quite generic today with most people not using it to describe anyone a homosexual.

  5. @ steve lol can’t see that happening
    @ kfed – well that makes the whole “excitement of the moment” excuse a pile of crap if she mocked those who took offense to her hateful comments.

  6. Yep she’s officially an idiot. And what a load bull saying in the heat of the moment. If you use it off the cuff like that, it’s clear you use the word quite often in everyday life. I’m not surprised though, she seems to behave like a 12 year old schoolgirl. Wouldn’t say she’s homophobic, just a stupid ignorant little girl. Grow up Steph.

  7. Dear People! Surely some of you are missing the point.
    It doesn’t matter if some folks take offence and some don’t. It’s that Any folks do.
    When you are in the public eye (and unfortunately that includes so-called sports stars – a group not reknown for their intellect) you have to screen everything you say or write because like it or not you are a role model. Countless children reading Rice’s blog will now feel justified in using the word and thus the bar is further lowered. Do we really want a world where one day the ABC TV newsreader says ” Good evening [email protected]@0ts, here’s the f#@*ing news. In f#@*ing Canberra today a bunch of c$%ts debated increasing GST again…. ”
    You’ve got to draw the line somewhere surely?

  8. Young people use “that word” (!) all the time but never as any kind of nasty putdown of homosexuals. I don’t believe that Rice had any homophobic intention whatsoever and the friends she tweeted would have understood that perfectly.

  9. Anybody who read the tweets before Stephanie took them down will know the “heat of the moment” lasted quite a lot longer than a moment. She not only did a few “hahahaha”s about people’s responses, she also retweeted people’s support for her having written it, and wrote “Too right!”

    @Ian It is hard to unread things. I didn’t realise following Stephanie meant I would be subjected to biggoted tweets. And you’re right, “homophobic” isn’t the right word. Anti-gay, hateful and ignorant are better. She not only implied that being gay was a negative, she also used a highly derogatory term to do it.

    @Paull So people in Australia who are belittled and abused should just be thankful they aren’t murdered? Wow, how good of you.

  10. As a gay teen, I do find it offensive. That six-letter F word has been used to ridicule homosexuals and was used to offend. I don’t even use that word amongst other gays. Some of us want to take ownership of that word and to lessen it’s offensiveness, but we also want to change what context it can/be used for.

    If that word was used in a joke that didn’t anyway use the word’s link to gays as part of the joke and it wasn’t offensive, then I am ok with that. But Stephanie Rice used it as a substitute for words like losers and morons, as someone pointed out. The word “suck” makes it worse!

  11. I’m gay and I’m not offended by the term ‘fa**ot’. I was actually eating at an English restaurant not so long ago with my partner and fa**ots were on the menu, and it was quite amusing watching the waiter describing them to us! I think he knew we were a couple and he felt more than a little uncomfortable telling us what they were.

    Anyway, I use the word ‘c**t’ sometimes so it goes both ways.

  12. Anyone who thinks this isn’t a common choice of words is kidding themselves. As a gay guy I take no offense to this at all…it’s simply too common and proves nothing of her being homophobic. Ian Roberts needs to get back in his box (so to speak :P)

  13. I really don’t think it was a swipe at the gay community. I’ve heard many teenagers and people in their early 20’s using exceedingly coarse language to describe their own best friends. It seems to be part of the vernacular these days for some people of that age.

    That said, there’s just some words you should avoid like the plague when saying/writing anything for public consumption. And that’s one of them. No excuse for it really and I definitely think she should suffer some detriment because of it.

  14. @Paull her using that word shows that she has no respect for the gay community and associates losing with being gay.
    She was not using the word to describe the collection of firewood.
    She could have written, “Suck on that losers” or “Suck on the morons” but she didn’t. Even if she didn’t mean to cause offense, she did.

  15. I think it’s poor that, “in the excitement of the moment” Stephanie choses to use ‘fa**ot’. Out of all the words in her vocabulary, she went with that one. She should be ashamed.

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