Britt McHenry Appears To Target Sexual Assault Victim, Models With Tweets

David Hookstead | Reporter

Disgraced former ESPN employee Britt McHenry had a hot take for the ages Tuesday, and appeared to be targeting sexual assault survivor Aly Raisman.

Raisman, who says she was sexually abused by her gymnastic doctor Larry Nasser, stripped down for the Sports Illustrated 2018 swimsuit issue and wrote several words on her body. She specifically wrote “survivor” on the top of her chest, leading a New York Post writer to call her “empowered.”

It seems like any rational person would recognize the fact that sexual assault and rape survivors should probably heal from the traumatic event in any way they see fit. If Raisman feels empowered by writing “survivor” on her body, then so be it. That’s her call and her call alone.

Well, nobody seemed to deliver that obvious message to McHenry, who fired off several tweets. She never specifically named Raisman, but the tweets came shortly after the video of the Olympic star hit the web.

One of them reads, “Why does a woman have to pose nude to feel ’empowered’? Isn’t it more empowering to keep your clothes on, go into an office or classroom like everyone else and excel? #SISwimSuit desperately wanting to compete with IG models with gimmicks.”

McHenry, who infamously verbally attacked a parking garage attendant, also had another tweet suggesting that women should cover up if they want respect.

She also got into it with Paige Spiranac, who posed for SI to promote a body positivity message. Did McHenry get any wiser with that encounter? Nope. She told Spiranac that posing nude “is a way to ascertain empowerment through vanity.”

I honestly didn’t think these tweets were real when I first saw them. First, she seemed to go after Raisman’s #MeToo message because she posed nude. Then she went after Spiranac, who has done an outstanding job promoting a good message, by dropping a vanity line and calling her an attention-seeker. Complete absurdity.

I guess this is the world we’re all living in now. Two strong women pose for Sports Illustrated with powerful messages that should be heard, and McHenry responds by telling women cover up. You can’t make this stuff up.

For the record, my team and I fully support the rights of women to pose on Instagram or Sports Illustrated however they want. Not that you needed to be told, but I want it crystal clear that we’re as far opposite of McHenry as you can get.

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