Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like disliking an athlete/actor/singer/whatever just because of differing political views is relatively close-minded. There’s so much more to a person than their political views. If people only liked other people who had the same political views as they do, the world would be a scary place.
In this case, their gymnastics has nothing to do with their political views so I don’t really get why disliking them entirely makes sense. Unless they bring gymnastics into politics, it’s kind of irrelevant. Does ASac not supporting gay marriage and whatever else make her gymnastics any different? Liking something about a person doesn’t mean you have to agree with their views. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with liking someone as a gymnast but not so much as a person, or even vice versa.
It doesn’t really affect how I feel about their gymnastics, ASac is still one of my favorite gymnasts, but it does affect how I feel about them as people (only ASac really because I’ve never seen any of the other girls say anything remotely political) which is insignificant because I don’t know them in real life. I’m all for being open minded but certain political beliefs do show a lack of empathy and ignorance about the rest of the world and as someone who has been, and is affected by these views it makes me feel uncomfortable. So while I continue to like their gymnastics, and respect them, I’m not as big a fan and I won’t idolize them.
I feel like people who say you shouldn’t stop liking someone because of their political beliefs don’t realize how hey politics isn’t a abstract notion, it’s a real power. Politics affect all of us. And maybe you’re someone who has the means to live comfortably so you don’t see how decisions congress makes affect real humans but guess what it does.
Both of the above comments made good points, but I’d like to add that no one actually really knows what anyone’s political views are, even ASac’s. I feel like a lot of people are ascribing certain viewpoints to Alicia that she’s never publicly supported and/or are the viewpoints of her significant other. The only politically related thing I’ve ever seen Alicia post was a retweet of Donald Trump’s that had to do with taxation. I mean, I personally think Trump is a moron and disagree with pretty much all of his stated viewpoints, but just because she holds a belief about certain fiscal policies that I don’t share doesn’t mean that I can claim knowledge about all her political views. Also, Alicia has never been anything but supportive of gay rights publicly, so I’m not sure why people continue to categorize her as “anti-gay marriage” when she’s said no such thing. Brady Quinn has said some homophobic things in the past (which is totally gross), but I don’t think it’s fair to lump Alicia’s views in with his just because they are engaged. Being engaged to someone doesn’t mean you endorse or share all of their opinions. And retweeting one tweet from Donald Trump doesn’t necessarily make someone a bigot. So I’d encourage people to maybe sit back and not ascribe political views to a gymnast and let it color your opinion of them as people unless they’ve publicly stated those views.
Also, not sure why Shawn’s being brought into this whole “conservative politics” conversation given that she’s made public appearances at Democratic Conventions and other Democratic functions in Iowa….
Burning all the bridges and hating people never converted a single soul. Only kindness and leading by example does that; preaching is used by leaders to consolidate their power.