Did anyone recently see what was sewn onto the leotard of gymnastics star Simone Biles? It was an animal, and not just any animal, but one that sent a clear message. A goat. Yep. A GOAT.
Of course, anyone familiar with sports knows that a goat means Greatest Of All Time, and that’s the message Simone was sending to people, though haters in particular. “The idea was to hit back at the haters,” she said. “I didn’t feel like it was necessarily fair how they could keep saying whatever they wanted, but then if I said something, it wasn’t fair. The haters were joking like, ‘I swear, if she put a goat on her leo, blah, blah, blah.’ That would make them so angry. And then I was like, ‘Oh, that’s actually a good idea. Let’s make the haters hate it, and the fans love it.’ And so that’s exactly what we did and why we did it.”
Leave it to a #9 FCAR to get bothered by “haters”! No doubt Biles has certainly earned the title of GOAT, but to sew an actual depiction of the animal on her outfit seems a bit #9 extreme. Indeed, we’re starting to get flashbacks of the NBA’s Dwight Howard, also a #9 FCAR, donning a Superman cape years ago to prove a point. Truth be told, Simone is a 19-time world champion and four-time Olympic gold medalist, being one of the most celebrated champion gymnasts in history. She is incredible, doing physical feats that seemingly only a #9 could do. Simone went on to say, “I just hope that kids growing up watching this don’t or aren’t ashamed of being good at whatever they do. And that’s my problem: when people kind of harp on other people that are good at something. And it’s like, everybody can say you’re good, but once you acknowledge it, it’s not cool anymore. And I want kids to learn that, yes, it’s OK to acknowledge that you’re good or even great at something.”
FCARs certainly don’t mind praise, even coming from themselves! Simone wants to encourage young people, and we understand her desire to be positive (remember, the pied piper!). A certain Proverb comes to mind that serves as a good balance for us all. “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth. A stranger, and not your own lips.”
Written by: Staff