Reaction to Rudy Giulianis unsettling comments on Michelle Wie …

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Reaction to Rudy Giulianis unsettling comments on Michelle Wie …

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani told a story about LPGA star Michelle Wie West on Steve Bannons “War Room” podcast Thursday which made …

Reaction to Rudy Giuliani’s ‘unsettling’ comments on Michelle Wie West

Reaction to Rudy Giuliani’s ‘unsettling’ comments on Michelle Wie West

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February 20, 2021 1:58 pm

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The comments blew up Friday night. On Saturday, angry reactions rang across the internet.

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani told a story about LPGA star Michelle Wie West on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast Thursday which made headlines.

The story, at a charity fundraiser seven years ago, made Wie West “shudder,” the five-time LPGA winner said in a statement released on Twitter late Friday night.

“I shudder thinking that he was smiling to my face and complimenting me on my game while objectifying me,” Wie West wrote in part.

Giuliani called the story “funny.” The story instead drew the ire of many.

Some of those reactions can be read below.

Sexism has no place in golf or life. We are always in your corner,

— USGA (@USGA)

Fired up about this.

Bravo, Michelle Wie West for your brave and strong response to this disgusting story.

— Beth Ann Nichols (@GolfweekNichols)

I can’t imagine what is going to be swirling ’s father’s mind as wakes up this morning. Women’s sports have come a long way, but there is a LONG road ahead to reach equality.

— David Dusek (@Golfweek_Dusek)

Amazing to me that this person feels THIS entitled to say something that wasn’t even a joke and -more importantly- showcases that there is still a very real group of powerful men who think of women as simply things to look at & objectify. Shoot 64? Win a major? Nope, panties.

— Amanda Balionis (@Amanda_Balionis)

She’s a 5-time LPGA Tour winner.

Major champion.  

LPGA Board member, elected by her peers.

Stanford graduate. 

Working mother. 

We stand with 👏

— LPGA (@LPGA)

Michelle Wie buries Creeper , 9&8

— Brian Wacker (@brianwacker1)

This is absolutely disgusting. I have zero respect for Rudy & all of the others who support his actions. Michelle is not only an amazing athlete but she’s also a great friend, & an awesome mom. You don’t deserve this but I’m so proud of you for speaking out.

— Ali Kicklighter (@AliKick72)

It’s crazy to me that men can go in the water with their pants off in their underwear and no shirt to hit a ball and announcers won’t blink an eye and someone has the AUDACITY to say something like this when everyone knows it’s a golf SKORT …

— Sarah ⛳️ (@Sarah_White39)

Michelle Wie responds to the pervy, gross, & sexist story Giuliani shared on air with Bannon and

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper)

This sort of objectification and violation is all too common and it needs to stop. Proud of you friend 💪🏻

— Kira K. Dixon (@KiraDixon)

Rational and mature and fact-based response to disgusting lies that attempted to objectify a world-class athlete. Proud of my friend.

— Jeehae Lee (@jeehaeda)

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JuliaKate E. Culpepper joined Golfweek in 2019 after spending four years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution covering the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks and Georgia Tech athletics. She is a graduate from the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications. She resides in Atlanta.

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