At 24 Simone Biles is THE G.O.A.T.
At 56 Piers Morgan is A goat.
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) July 28, 2021
Piers Morgan: “There’s nothing heroic or brave about quitting because you’re not having fun”
Reminder: Piers Morgan stormed off the set of Good Morning Britain because he got criticised for repeatedly attacking Meghan Markle
— Edward Hardy (@EdwardTHardy) July 28, 2021
Conservative activist Charlie Kirk also attacked Biles for her decision to withdraw from Tuesday’s competition to focus on her mental health.
He called the gymnast a “selfish sociopath” and said that she was a “shame to the country,” Newsweek reported.
“We are raising a generation of weak people like Simone Biles. If she’s got all these mental health problems: don’t show up…of course she’s an incredible athlete, she’s probably the greatest gymnast of all time, she’s also very selfish, she’s immature and she is a shame to the country,” Kirk said during an episode of his podcast The Charlie Kirk Show.
“Don’t show up, if you’re not ready for the big time, we’ve got thousands of young female gymnasts who would love to take her place…Simone Biles just showed the rest of the nation that when things get tough, you shatter into a million pieces,” he continued.
But Biles fans stood up for the gymnast, slamming both Morgan and Kirk for their comments.
Simone Biles doesn’t owe you anything. She’s done more by speaking up about something many people don’t because the system has failed them. We should be addressing the inequalities within our society, not listening to fragile white men like Piers Morgan or Charlie Kirk.
— Raleigh Bowman for Congress (@RaleighBowman) July 28, 2021
B4 you get mad at this, remember: Charlie Kirk has never achieved anything in life. He’s uneducated, mediocre & has never sacrificed his physical & mental health for a single thing, person or country. He isn’t a serious person
Some people just HATE Black people. It’s that simple https://t.co/jl6NDxIrhd
— Michael Harriot (@michaelharriot) July 28, 2021
Charlie Kirk would collapse under the weight of all the Olympic medals Simone Biles has won.
— Natalie Finn (@natfinnonE) July 28, 2021
Although Morgan and Kirk disagree with Biles’ decision to withdraw from the team competition, many people including White House press secretary Jen Psaki, retired U.S. figure skater Adam Rippon and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps fully support the gymnast and her desire to focus on her mental health, NBC reported.