‘Is a butt and two legs really the main subject?’ Italian synchronised swimmer shows off her eight European Championship medals with wonderful photograph… but says she is ‘disgusted’ by ‘vulgar comments’
- Star swimmer Linda Cerruti, 28, set pulses racing with beachside medal pose
- But she slammed ‘sexist and vulgar’ replies from ‘hundreds’ of IG commenters
- User Diego wrote: ‘Very good… in the pool and outdoors’, gaining 9 likes
- Fellow rivals jumped in with solidarity and assist after Linda ‘shocked’
An Italian swimming champion slammed ‘hundreds’ of ‘sexist, misguided and vulgar’ comments she obtained for an Instagram submit of her posing in a bikini.
Linda Cerruti, 28, set her 45,700 followers’ pulses racing with an elaborate show of eight European Championship swimming medals balanced fastidiously on her legs.
The submit grew to become immediately well-liked, gaining nicely over 60,000 likes in simply a few days.
Most of the comments, many by her rivals and rivals, celebrated her unbelievable achievements – and the ease with which she achieved the daring pose.
She captioned the healthful submit: ‘Four years after I gained medals in Glasgow I can say that I’m very happy. I sacrificed a lot for this.
Linda’s audacious beachside pose attracted ‘hundreds’ of leering, ‘sexist’ comments, she mentioned
Ms Cerruti wears a formidable haul of medals round her neck after the Championships win
‘For years I’ve been finding out throughout the evening to have the ability to practice throughout the day. That is radical, but it is a life that has already given me many fantastic experiences!’
In a follow-up Instagram submit, Cerruti screenshotted a few of the worst offenders
But some males selected to scale back Linda’s gorgeous victories to the legs they have been balanced on.
User Diego, for instance, wrote: ‘Very good… in the pool and outdoors.’
A flurry of comparable comments prompted Cerruti to lambast the ‘sexist’ reactions.
In a follow-up submit two days in the past, she screenshotted a few of the worst offenders and castigated the writers behind the leering comments.
Linda wrote: ‘Two days in the past I shared a photograph taken on the seaside the place I usually go,, the place I dreamed my first desires and which additionally has a robust symbolic worth for me. The photograph shows me in a creative pose, typical of my sport, together with the eight medals gained in what is the finest European Championship of my career.
‘But I’m shocked and disgusted by the a whole lot, in all probability hundreds, of misguided, sexist and vulgar comments I’ve obtained since then.
‘After greater than 20 years of coaching and sacrifice, I discover it embarrassing to say the least and it really hurts to learn all this, the jokes folks make to sexualize my physique. Is a butt and two legs really the solely issues that exist and the most vital subjects to speak about?’
Cerruti (left) poses with a gold medal alongside Constanza Ferro (proper) in Rome ten days in the past
The star swimmer has amassed a big following on Instagram, with greater than 40,000 followers
She concluded: ‘The least I can do is expose the inappropriateness of these comments. And maintain them a mirror of a society that is nonetheless too sexist and really totally different from the one I might ever wish to see my youngsters born into.
‘At the identical time, I wish to thank all the individuals who have distanced themselves from these comments, defended me and appreciated the photograph for what it is: the picture of a creative swimming athlete who is happy with her achievements.’
In lower than 48 hours, that submit obtained greater than 50,000 likes – and appears set to overhaul the unique submit’s recognition.