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#1 gracie1978

Posted 07 November 2019 - 05:20 AM

https://www.smh.com....1.html#comments

I really feel for Tennis Australia.  MC just seems like a nasty old bigot who is playing up gender discrimination without actually saying it.  (The irony...)

Is there something I'm not getting here?
How do you think it should be handled?

Not as bad as Folau doesn't equal acceptable.

#2 BadCat

Posted 07 November 2019 - 05:43 AM

I hope the bigoted old cow stays away.

Nobody needs to honour people like that for anything as far as I'm concerned.  They should have taken her name off the stadium.


Or if she goes, I hope the crowd boo her into the ground.  I would boo her.  I don't care if she used to be able to hit a ball.  She's a crap person and there's no way I would celebrate her.

Edited by BadCat, 07 November 2019 - 05:50 AM.


#3 BadCat

Posted 07 November 2019 - 06:04 AM

Also, she doesn't get to play the gender discrimination card.

She lost that right when she dished out a great big helping of discrimination of her own.

You can't ask people not to discriminate you while you merrily go around discriminating against others.

#4 Lunafreya

Posted 07 November 2019 - 06:20 AM

Surely there are other women tennis players to name it after.

#5 born.a.girl

Posted 07 November 2019 - 06:22 AM

When I saw the thread title my first thought was 'gawd, what's the old bigot said now?'.


I don't think I could even bring myself to sit in Margaret Court arena.

And yes, they should take her name off it.

#6 *Spikey*

Posted 07 November 2019 - 06:23 AM

Ash Barty

Yvonne Goolagong (my all time favourite tennis player, for showing that motherhood is no barrier to participating at top level sport).

#7 Lunafreya

Posted 07 November 2019 - 06:28 AM

View Post*Spikey*, on 07 November 2019 - 06:23 AM, said:

Ash Barty

Yvonne Goolagong (my all time favourite tennis player, for showing that motherhood is no barrier to participating at top level sport).
Yep. A woman, working mother, aboriginal...

#8 born.a.girl

Posted 07 November 2019 - 06:37 AM

Quote

“I don’t feel any of that should be brought into my tennis career,"

Lol. Then don't bring it into your tennis career.


If you don't know that you're only a household name because of your tennis, then you're pretty obtuse.  Making public your views on homosexuality was broadcast nationwide, loudly, because you're a tennis champion.

Too late to close the gate now that the horse has bolted.

#9 kimasa

Posted 07 November 2019 - 06:37 AM

I would love an Evonne Goolagong Arena. Excellent choice.

#10 JBH

Posted 07 November 2019 - 06:38 AM

She was a phenomenal tennis player and if Tennis Australia wants to mark the anniversary of her grand slam, that would be fair - announcement it happened for example. However, under no circumstances should she as a person be honoured, and especially not invited to speak given the hatred she preaches.

#11 Chchgirl

Posted 07 November 2019 - 06:39 AM

I can't stand her and whatever word vomit she spews up.

Yes I agree about Yvonne Goolagong. I thought she wascan amazing player even when I first saw her when I was a child.

And she's really just fantastic .

#12 Lunafreya

Posted 07 November 2019 - 06:47 AM

Can we start a petition to rename it? Is there one?

#13 Bethlehem Babe

Posted 07 November 2019 - 06:52 AM

Every time she is given a platform she preaches hate.

So to celebrate her achievement but not give her a voice. I think that’s just about impossible.

Would Melbourneians accept a Nsw person being named on their court?

#14 Lunafreya

Posted 07 November 2019 - 07:01 AM

She’s Australian and a great tennis player, why should that matter?

Goolagong was world number 1 in her day. An aboriginal woman was NUMBER 1 in the world in tennis. More people should know about her.

https://en.wikipedia...oolagong_Cawley

#15 born.a.girl

Posted 07 November 2019 - 07:15 AM

View PostJBH, on 07 November 2019 - 06:38 AM, said:

She was a phenomenal tennis player and if Tennis Australia wants to mark the anniversary of her grand slam, that would be fair - announcement it happened for example. However, under no circumstances should she as a person be honoured, and especially not invited to speak given the hatred she preaches.


She seems unable to separate the two.  She speaks her mind about social issues, seemingly oblivious of the fact that the rest of us only know about those because of her tennis.

If she'd kept her trap completely shut, and we only knew of her views via other channels, and refused to confirm them when questioned, I might feel differently.  It would be we could applaud her tennis in the full knowledge that she'd not breathe a word publicly about her views.

Instead, she feels an entitlement to to make her views very public (broadcast only because she's famous for her tennis) but wants us to ignore that when it comes to her tennis.

#16 born.a.girl

Posted 07 November 2019 - 07:17 AM

View PostBethlehem Babe, on 07 November 2019 - 06:52 AM, said:

Every time she is given a platform she preaches hate.

So to celebrate her achievement but not give her a voice. I think that’s just about impossible.

Would Melbourneians accept a Nsw person being named on their court?

As someone who's lived in Melbourne for over four decades it would never occur to me, or most Melburnians  to even wonder where they're from.

It's the Australian open that's held there.

Rod Laver is from Queensland originally - I had to google that.

#17 IamtheMumma

Posted 07 November 2019 - 07:58 AM

View Postborn.a.girl, on 07 November 2019 - 06:22 AM, said:

When I saw the thread title my first thought was 'gawd, what's the old bigot said now?'.

And yes, they should take her name off it.

Exactly what I thought when I saw the name. They need to rename the arena.

I hope Tennis Australia continue to ignore her.

#18 71Cath

Posted 07 November 2019 - 08:26 AM

View Postborn.a.girl, on 07 November 2019 - 06:22 AM, said:

When I saw the thread title my first thought was 'gawd, what's the old bigot said now?'.


I don't think I could even bring myself to sit in Margaret Court arena.

And yes, they should take her name off it.
I thought the same.

Edited by 71Cath, 07 November 2019 - 08:26 AM.


#19 purplekitty

Posted 07 November 2019 - 02:22 PM

Hateful bigot who shouldn't be celebrated.

She was  fan of apartheid as well.

#20 chicken_bits

Posted 07 November 2019 - 03:22 PM

I know this isn't the biggest issue but this just made me laugh.

“They brought Rod in from America. If they think I’m just going to turn up, I don’t think that is right. I think I should be invited. I would hope they would pay my way to come like they paid for his, and honour me. If they are not going to do that, I don’t really want to come.”

I love that she just assumes that there would be something for her to 'refuse to come to'. It would be hilarious if she 'just turned up' and surprise surprise there wasn't anything organised for her.


#21 Lunafreya

Posted 07 November 2019 - 03:28 PM

Maybe build her a lemonade stand to boycot

#22 Sentient Puddle

Posted 07 November 2019 - 03:38 PM

How embarrassing for her to have to "demand" recognition in this way.  I really hope TA just rename the court to Yvonne Goolagong Arena!

#23 NannyPlum

Posted 07 November 2019 - 04:24 PM

I have met the old bitty. Can confirm she is as nasty as she comes across. very entitled and rude!

#24 born.a.girl

Posted 07 November 2019 - 04:29 PM

View PostNannyPlum, on 07 November 2019 - 04:24 PM, said:

I have met the old bitty. Can confirm she is as nasty as she comes across. very entitled and rude!

Funny how fame tends to send people either way.

I spent 12 years working for a company where we'd have household name stars in from time to time.

A few of them, absolutely darlings according to the viewing public, were obnoxious.

#25 rosie28

Posted 07 November 2019 - 04:31 PM

View PostBethlehem Babe, on 07 November 2019 - 06:52 AM, said:

Every time she is given a platform she preaches hate.

So to celebrate her achievement but not give her a voice. I think that’s just about impossible.

Would Melbourneians accept a Nsw person being named on their court?

Is Margaret Court from Melbourne? If so, ick! Yes, this Melbourne person would happily have a NSW player’s name on the court! Someone will can all be proud of!




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