Simone Biles vs. the World (of Haters): Simone with the Win!

Malynda Hale, host of the podcast “We Need to Talk,” should go down in the Twitter Hall of Fame.

On July 29, Hale tweeted, “I have a question. Why is mental illness and lack of mental health an appropriate excuse for a mass shooter but not for an athlete to back out of a game or competition?”

Hale’s tweet came in the aftermath of United States gymnast Simone Biles choosing not to participate in some of the gymnastics competitions at the 2020 Summer Olympics for mental health reasons.

Almost immediately, Biles received criticism from conservative media personalities, so-called patriots and fair-weather fans who called her everything but a child of God for supposedly quitting on her teammates and her country when the going got too tough.

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