Olympian Gwen Berry’s disturbing history of tweets where she joked about rape, threatened to stomp a child, slurred white people, attacked Latinos, and made racist generalizations about Chinese individuals is coming back to haunt her.
Berry will represent the U.S. in hammer throwing this month in the Tokyo Games. She made headlines during the trials for turning her back as the national anthem played while covering her face with an “Activist Athlete” shirt and for disrespecting the American flag. Now, problematic tweets that are from her verified account are resurfacing. Some of them are decades old.
Her actions have been politically polarizing. She has received strong support from the left and the White House. But conservatives have denounced her actions and called for her to leave the Games.
Berry is refusing to cave and is angrily firing back at her detractors. Turning Point USA’s Benny Johnson tweeted to Berry: “Oh Gwen – you should RESPECT the American Flag and the National Anthem if you want to compete for TEAM USA.” She clapped back at him: “The point is to compete … which I will be doing.”
The point is to compete … which I will be doing ☺️☺️ https://t.co/PUYGb6jqfX
— Gwen Berry OLY (@MzBerryThrows) July 1, 2021
The tweets were uncovered on Friday by various people on the internet. The first to report on them was The National Pulse.
“This lil white boy being bad as hell!! I would smack his ass then stomp him!! Smh #whitepplKids hella disrespectful,” she tweeted back in 2011. Berry had also declared that “white ppl” run their “damn mouths too much” and are “sooo retarded when they are drunk.”
Berry posted slurs against Chinese people and “Mexicans.” She also wrote, “I’m about to rape my lunch.”
A number of the tweets are very old and occurred before Berry qualified for the Olympic team in 2016 and 2021. A number of them appear to have been written when Berry was in her early 20s. She is now 32.
#BasketballWives is proof that white ppl run they got damn mouths too much n they nosey as hell n they start drama btw crazy blk b&^%^%
— Gwen Berry OLY (@MzBerryThrows) July 26, 2011
“@IThrow: Mexicans just don't care about ppl”😂😂😂😂😂
— Gwen Berry OLY (@MzBerryThrows) November 1, 2012
Just saw this gurl wearing heels with white socks!! What the Hell..#chineseppl always try to start new trends..smh..ggguuurrrllll
— Gwen Berry OLY (@MzBerryThrows) April 29, 2011
Protesting is nothing new for Berry. She raised her fist to make a point during the completion of trials last week and has made no secret of how she feels about the national anthem or the American flag. She reportedly claims to not hate America but seems to have an issue with everything it stands for. In an interview with the Black News Channel, she made it clear that she never said she didn’t want to represent America at the Olympics.
“I never said that I didn’t want to go to the Olympic Games, that’s why I competed and got third and made the team,” Berry claimed. “I never said that I hated the country. I never said that. All I said was I respect my people enough to not stand for or acknowledge something that disrespects them,” she contended. “I love my people. Point blank, period.”
After turning her back during the Olympic qualifiers ceremony, she asserted that she felt set up because she was told that the anthem would play before she took the podium.
“They had enough opportunities to play the National Anthem before we got up there,” Berry declared. “I was thinking about what I should do. Eventually, I stayed there and I swayed, I put my shirt over my head. It was real disrespectful.”
“I was p***ed, to be honest,” she stated.
“They said they were going to play it before we walked out, then they played it when we were out there,” she added. “… But I don’t really want to talk about the anthem because that’s not important. The anthem doesn’t speak for me. It never has.”
“My purpose and my mission is bigger than sports,” Berry proclaimed. “I’m here to represent those … who died due to systemic racism. That’s the important part. That’s why I’m going. That’s why I’m here today.”
The liberal activist is still considering protesting at the Olympics. “We’ll see. You know, it just depends. It depends,” she said to CNN’s Don Lemon. “You know everything is a spur of the moment. It depends on how I’m feeling and depends on what I want to do in that moment and what I want to do for my people in that moment. And I will do whatever comes upon me and whatever is in my heart.”
(Video Credit: CNN)
Berry’s tweets were met with general disgust on Twitter:
@MzBerryThrows you are a vile racist and your career is over
— Eski Boi 🕊 (@Eski_Boi_) July 3, 2021
It has been revealed that Olympic hammer thrower Gwen Berry has a history of racist tweets against whites, asians, and Mexicans.
Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first . . .
— GreatAmericanMail (@mail_american) July 2, 2021
Gwen Berry does not represent me. She is an Anti-American, racist embarrassment. Her actions and tweets prove that. 😢🤮
— Pat ❤️s AMERICA and TRUMP💥🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@grammy620) July 3, 2021
I’m a fan of @MzBerryThrows. I’d be a fan anyway, just because she’s from STL. But her principles. And her tweets. Mz Berry is brilliant and she is not here for your racist bullshit. 💛 #GwenBerry #OlympicTrials pic.twitter.com/guVlURcH3t
— molly (@mollyrosestl) June 28, 2021
Olympic Athlete Gwen Berry Who Turned Her Back On American Flag Has History Of Racist Tweets Against Whites, Asians, Mexicans AND Made Rape Jokes. pic.twitter.com/LOhrdhmETP
— Sandy 🇺🇸 🇳🇴 🇱🇺 (@SandyForLiberty) July 2, 2021
If she can tweet something terrible about Native Americans, she can win the bigotry pentathlon. So close!
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) July 2, 2021
Does this surprise anyone? Seems like It’s always the one claiming racism that is always the racist. #projecting
— Josh Barnett for Congress (AZ-06) (@BarnettforAZ) July 2, 2021
Complete disrespect for this country. A knee is one thing, this is offensive. You are representing this country on a world stage and this is wrong. Kick her off the team.
— Snorkel&MrFluffles (@julesruekat) July 2, 2021
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