Punished for “immoral behavior” and losing her role of an ambassador for a Catholic youth group because of baring it all for ESPN’s Body Issue, Agnieszka Radwanska voiced her opinion about the criticism she received and said that those who called the photos immoral clearly didn’t take into account the context of the magazine, adding that she was not paid for the shoot.
For those that are not familiar with the magazine, ESPN The Body Issue is a celebration of the beauty of the bodies of the best athletes in the world. It includes both men and women of all ages and all shapes and sizes. Other athletes photographed include San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, 77-year-old golf legend Gary Player, and Olympic volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings – during and after her pregnancy.
Radwanska also said that the imagery is not explicit and the accompanying interview solely focuses on her job as an athlete and how she keeps her body in shape. You can read Radwanska’s full statement here. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)
Oh come on, what was she thinking? Ambassador of Catholic church baring it all for cash. Nice 😛
I have followed this story for awhile now and I never saw anything wrong with the magazine pose. Being dropped by the church is a bit harsh though they can do what they want with their ambassadors. Finally, Agi is explaining her side and I hope this controversy will end so she can concentrate on tennis once again. Go Agi!
Poland is one of the most catholic countries in the world (over 92% of the population, estimated 35 out of 38.5 million people…) Even if she wins the next 4 slams, I don’t think that the population will forgive her!
Double standards are alive and well…no church has come out to berate Mr Isner!
To Agnieska I say this:
A lesson we learned in America when dealing with changing the country to respect the civil rights of minorities was that often we would become involved in conflict and argument with people who were on the wrong side of history.
We learned that there are some things that are so basic that when confronted with those who attack us for believing them the best move is not even to debate them. In other words, debating and justifying what you do at a certain point gives dignity to the other argument.
An absurd argument should not be dignified.
Don’t debate absurdity just as you should not run to return an opponent’s service fault.
What you have done is fine and moral and healthy. Thanks for doing it.