And the award for the weirdest, most homophobic hot take of the week goes to Italian pro skier and Olympic medalist Sofia Goggia.
During a recent interview with the Italian daily newspaper Corriere Della Sera, the accomplished skier stuck her foot in her mouth when asked about whether or not there was queer inclusion within the sport that she is so successful at. And she gave a...head-scratching answer.
"Among the women, some are," Goggia said. "Among men I would say no. They have to throw themselves off Kitz's Streif."
For context, the Streif is a downhill ski course in Austria that is located on Hahnenkamm Mountain in Kitzbuhel, Tyrol and is generally considered to be one of the most prestigious yet most difficult ski courses in the ski world. Goggia's answer to the question about whether or not there was queer participation in the sport of skiing suggests that gay men do not have the courage and bravery to do such a harrowing course, and that is, as we know, both weird and homophobic.
As if that wasn't bad enough, for some reason the Corriere Della Sera also felt the need to ask Goggia about her stance when it comes to transgender inclusion in sports, and her answer to that question was also not so great. (Shocker!)
"In terms of sport a man who turns into a woman has physical characteristics, even at the hormonal level, which allow him to push harder," the World Cup skier said. " I don't think it's right then."
Rightfully so, her comments came under fire on social media, and soon, Goggia issued an apology for her hateful words on her Twitter account.
"A falling tree makes more noise than a growing forest," she wrote in her apology (translated from its original Italian). "I am sorry and I apologize to all the people who felt offended by the sentence that came out in the Corriere interview which, certainly, when I said it, did not want to be of a discriminatory nature."
One of the bigger names to call out Goggia was LGBTQ+ rights activists and gay politician Ivan Scalfarotto, the deputy minister of the Italian Ministry of Interior.
"I read with dismay that according to Sofia Goggia a gay athlete would not be able to do a downhill," Scalfarotto said in a statement, according to The Mirror. "Before saying such things, kind Sofia, you should stop and think twice: speed is an advantage in the race but with words, it can become a big problem."
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