Inspired by media coverage of Lolo Jones.
1. Making the Olympic finals is not Olympic success.
2. Anna Kournikova (ranked 8th in the world in tennis singles and #1 in the world in doubles) was a bad tennis player. All marketing, that hussy! Seriously, who among us wouldn’t be Top 8 in the world if we tried?
3. If you work the system, the system is your fault.
4. You cannot be a beautiful 29 year-old virgin and pose nude in a magazine. Too confusing!!! How do you expect me to reconcile that paradox?
5. If you’re a woman and you get endorsement deals that showcase your good looks and rockin body, you are: a sell-out, a sex kitten for sale, not focused. If you’re a man and you do this, you’re every famous athlete, ever.
6. While it’s fine for actors, singers, models, swimmers, soccer players, and hot male athletes to pose sexy in magazines, when Lolo Jones does this, it’s demeaning to all women athletes.
7. If you’re candid about overcoming a difficult childhood, you’re an inspiration. Unless you’re Lolo Jones, in which case you’re an opportunist.
8. It’s not fair if you get more fame than your rivals, because fame is fair.
9. It’s OK for journalists to take a tweet out of context, and omit the part of the tweet that explains everything, in order to rationalize why some unnamed people criticized you for being “insensitive” in that tweet.
10. Male athletes get media attention and deals only when they’re #1, as evidenced by the fact that I know who Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow are.