Hell hath no fury like the internet...
Louis Smith has been called out for ‘sexualising’ a 16-year-old gymnast and is refusing to apologise.
The Olympian shared a zoomed in picture of US athlete Carly Patterson‘s bum when she was competing at the 2000 Athens Olympics. He captioned the picture with: ‘My sport has its moments,’ according to The Sun.
However, many fans bit back – saying the picture sexist.One wrote: ‘Some casual sexualisation from Louis Smith. Girl was 16 at the time of the photo.’
Louis fought back, saying that he didn’t know he was 16 in the photo: ‘How was I to know she was 16!?’
He eventually took the photo down, but did eventually write: ‘The day I apologise will be when Carly Patterson says she’s offended.
‘If you dislike my vulgar, disgraceful, morally bigoted, racial, sexiest, feministic, facetious behaviour then just unfollow me or even block me [sic].’
He also told followers to ‘Go read Now Magazine’ instead if they are offended by his posts, which is a good endorsement. Cheers Louis!
The 28-year-old then reached out for pal Carly Patterson on Twitter for support: ‘Jeez @CarlyPatterson what a day!! What a day!! Same time next time next week!?’
And she replied: ‘Sorry @louissmith1989! Its totally ok guys, we’re friends.’
While everything seems to have been nicely wrapped up after that, one fan wrote: ‘Shouldn’t matter that you’re friends. He was contributing to the sexualisation of underage female gymnasts. That is wrong.’