The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition has its pros and cons in the eyes of some people, but one former ESPN reporter decided to take some shots at it, which didn't sit well with one of this year's SI models -- and rightfully so.
It started when Britt McHenry, formerly of ESPN, wrote on Twitter that women shouldn't have to pose nude to feel "empowered."
Why does a woman have to pose nude to feel “empowered”? Isn’t it more empowering to keep your clothes on, go into an office or classroom like everyone else and excel? #SISwimSuit desperately wanting to compete with IG models with gimmicks.— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) February 13, 2018
It's probably not the worst thing you can say on Twitter, but it was obviously going to face some backlash from the models from SI, who took pride and were honored to do something like this.
Paige Spiranac, a golfer and swimsuit model in this year's SI edition, fired back at McHenry with a tweet of her own. McHenry, kindly find your seat and pop a squat.
Different women feel empowered in different ways and it’s not right to tell someone what they can and cannot do. It’s more about the person you are and not the clothes you decide or not decide to wear. My body, my choice. https://t.co/CwGlgJX51z— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) February 13, 2018
It's a good point by Spiranac. All of the swimsuit models make choices for themselves, and it really isn't anyone's right to criticize the things they choose to do with their body -- especially a reporter who now has gone full political and just complains about liberal media bias all day on social media.
McHenry had a response, but she was quickly owned again a moment later:
As we've seen plenty of times in sports before, sometimes it's just better to keep your opinion to yourself on certain topics, especially when you have no experience regarding the issue at hand.