Originally Posted by Douglas
meh. I'm unconvinced.1.
I'll walk back a little and admit, yes, she bought into the hype machine, but again, who wouldn't? These are just track and field athletes. They make some money, but not a ton, and they have a very small window of opportunity to capitalize on this and turn it into a big wad of cash. Jones, a light-skinned African American with a chaste image, was the perfect marketing opportunity. She played her hand, and got rich.2.
So she didn't win. She was pretty good - she was a favorite in Beijing, and got unlucky, or whatever you want to call it. She choked. She lost. OK, fine. But she was a favorite, and was winning when she tripped. But the hype, the media coverage, has nothing to do with how she performed.3
.The other girls aren't giving her "respect" not because they think she got too much attention, but rather because they would rather have had the attention for themselves. Their grapes are as sour as anyone else's.4.
Now it's time for the media, which is the chief architect of the hype, to wring hands over the over-hype, and indulge in the schadenfreude. The ultimate hypocrisy.
1. A lot of smart athletes wait until they can back up the hype and have some big contracts before they get all media happy (Lebron - who was still hated until he got his ring). Dont feed into the machine unless you're clutch. She wasn't.
2. The fact she fucked up in 2008 is more of a reason to keep your mouth shut until she redeemed herself.
3. True. They got their medals and no one still knows their name. Poor things.
4. Why all the shitting on the media? It's their job to produce stories. Choking was a story so they ran it. Her chance to redeem herself was a story, so they ran with it. Her virginity at 29 was a story, why ignore it? the cat fighting because her attention whoring was a story, run with it. Etc. Feed the beast and it;s gonna have to poop something out.