Over 600 American athletes are set to participate in the Tokyo Olympics. Now, Gwen Berry, who attracted significant media controversy in the past month for turning her back on the flag during “The Star Spangled Banner,” is now one of those athletes.
Berry also asserts that she is as proud as any of the other athletes when it comes to wearing the red, white, and blue uniform that symbolizes the United States.
Berry made headlines last month for turning away from the flag as the national anthem began playing. This move caused a massive public uproar from citizens all over the United States. However, in spite of the fierce backlash, Berry insists that she belongs at the Olympics.
“I feel like I’ve earned the right to wear this uniform,” Berry proclaimed on Sunday. Over the weekend, Berry succeeded in making it through the qualifying round during her first appearance at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
In addition, Berry also indicates that she is hoping to be on the medals stand in a few nights. Berry also added that if “The Star-Spangled Banner” begins playing while she is on the public stage, she will continue what she has been doing.
In other words, Berry is threatening to turn her back on the flag once more, even on the world stage of the Olympics.
Berry claims that she is doing so in order to “represent the oppressed people.”
“That’s been my message for the last three years,” Berry asserted.
Just two years ago, Berry was on the medals stand at the Pan American games. During this appearance, Berry also raised her fist into the air. This raised fist also catalyzed significant controversy, and it heightened the debates regarding which types of behavior should and should not be permitted at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
However, Berry remains unconcerned, insisting that her main goal is go obtain a medal in Tokyo.
“I’m just focused on what I need to do,” Berry brayed, before proceeding onwards to comment on her numerous critics.
“Because all those people who hate me, they aren’t here. So they can’t affect me,” Berry concluded.