On Saturday night, several American athletes had one of their last Olympic qualifiers before the start of games in Tokyo on July 23rd.
Exciting scenes arose on stage after Sledkhammer won and Diana Price ran with the gold medal.
When the national anthem was played, third-place finisher 31-year-old sledge thrower Gwen Perry was surprised.
When the music echoed, Perry put his left hand on her hip and waved her legs so she faced the stands, not the American flag.
At the end of the anthem, she took off her black T-shirt with the words “Activist-Performer” and covered her head.
– I was angry to be completely honest. But I don’t really want to talk about it because the song is not important. It (the national anthem) never spoke for me, it never did, according to The Guardian, Perry is said to have said.
Perry’s opposition has stirred the minds of many Americans, especially Republicans.
– What’s wrong with people? Growing up, everyone stood up for the American flag. It says nothing about your political position, race, gender, income, religion. Everyone stood for the flag. This is one of the bourgeois rituals that unites us. Scott Walker of Wisconsin wrote that it should be the same today Twitter.
Former presidential candidate Ted Cruz also commented on the protest:
Why do leftists hate America?
Sure, we have our faults, but no nation in world history has freed more people from prison, raised more from poverty, leaked more for freedom, or blessed more.
God bless America. https://t.co/7hH1FMzEn0
– Dead Cruz (ctedcruz) June 28, 2021
I think it was intentional
Perry has on several occasions used his position to focus on injustice in the United States.
When he won gold during the Pan American Games two years ago, it provoked strong reactions when he was He raised his fist in protest Against the presidency of Donald Trump.
Perry believes he was “disappointed” during Saturday’s conference. Perry says it is very unusual for the national anthem to be played during such conferences.
He firmly believes that his previous demonstrations were the reason for the playing of the national anthem.
“They said they were going to play it before we went out, but they played it when we were out,” he told The Guardian.
U.S. Athletics spokeswoman Susan Hazard said the national anthem was scheduled to play at 5:20 p.m., The Guardian reported.
“The national anthem is played every day according to a previously published schedule,” says the Hazard newspaper.
However, The Guardian writes that the song was played at 17:25.