MMA champion fighter Ronda Rousey faced a big defeat when she was knocked out on Saturday by fellow undefeated UFC boxer Holly Holm — and it was especially embarrassing because of all the trash Rousey talked before the event.
But fear not, UFC fans — Rousey vows to return. The 28-year-old took to Instagram to share some words after her loss on Nov. 14 to her 6.6 million followers.
And while her personal network is showing love and support, a number of celebrities and other folks are calling her out on her poor sportsmanship, loss and disappointing feminism.
Though it’s part of fighting culture, with some folks enjoying the ‘smack talk’ before fights — Rousey had really indulged in mouthing off about Holm before UFC 193 happened this weekend.
“Fake ass cheap shooting fake respect fake humility bitch,” Rousey wrote in her captions on her social media account, “Preachers daughter my ass – I see through your fake sweet act now – you’re getting your ass kicked tomorrow, and I’m really going to enjoy the beating I give you.”
In fact, before the epic loss, Rousey even refused to touch gloves and opted against good sportsmanship. Celebs such as Lady Gaga shared their own opinions on different social media platforms. The American Horror Story actress and singer uploaded a shot of Rousey getting punched with a caption that called out the tasteless decision.
THATS WHAT YOU GET FOR NOT TOUCHING GLOVES! A photo posted by The Countess (@ladygaga) on
Though the fight is what’s making headlines these days, the debate about whether or not Rousey is a badass (white) feminist or ‘do-nothing bitch’ shaming bully who only incidentally promotes certain aspects of feminism because it’s convenient — is really what’s inspired our talk about her.
While Rousey has been acknowledged for speaking out against sexism when it comes to issues such as the wage gap, domestic violence and body image — she’s also shamed women for life choices, been busted for making transphobic statements and other questionable remarks.
Intersectionality is certainly not something Rousey is about — so she may practice white feminism at best. It’s also safe to say she’s undeserving of any kind of ‘feminist icon’ title — but the fact that she is usually very good at what she does can be appreciated. The fact is she’s too problematic to be a strong political role model but, despite her recent defeat, can and will remain an athletic muse.
When Rousey returns, it’ll be interesting to see what attitude she’ll bring back to the ring and whether or not her feminist views will improve.