Australian Olympic swimmer catching heat for tweeting provocative swimsuit pic

Australian Olympic swimmer Stephanie Rice has found herself in the middle of ridiculous controversy after she tweeted a photo of herself modeling a two-piece swimsuit on June 22. Yep, a woman who wears a swimsuit in order to compete is in hot water for a photo of her wearing a swimsuit.

Granted, the swimsuit modeled by the 24-year-old Rice, a three-time gold medalist at the 2008 Beijing Games, in the now-controversial photo is a bit more on the provocative side than what she dons in the pool during events, but the backlash she has received has bordered on the absurd. It is a completely tasteful article of swimwear.

The photo in question follows.

The photo accompanied the following tweet:

All the hullabaloo over that? Seems like much ado about nothing to me. Rice has been the subject of criticism related to her choice of attire previously, when a racy photo of her portraying a sexy police officer made its around on the internet a few years ago.

A cursory perusal of Rice’s Twitter account indicates that most people have looked upon the photo favorably, as evidenced by her responding to various tweets expressing gratitude, but there are some — not surprisingly, in this day and age of political correctness — nattering nabobs of negativity who have taken offense to Rice wearing a swimsuit (example here). Would a matching swimming cap made it more acceptable? How about if she were wearing one of those old-timey swimsuits from the 1920s, would that have been tasteful enough? Doubt it.

A column found at The Christian Post, of all places (shockingly), highlights those who have made statements critical of Rice’s photo, including a quote from a column written by Amy Harris from the Daily Telegraph:

“It may have landed her in hot water in the past, but it seems the lure of social networking is just too strong for full-time swimmer and part-time poseur Stephanie Rice. The Olympian has shared yet another racy image- this time in her birthday suit. Well sort of.”

Yes, except for, you know, all that material covering her body. If it wasn’t for that bikini top and bottom which covers up what reasonable people expect not to see when someone is wearing a swimsuit, Rice really is practically in her birthday suit! Well sort of.

Ultimately, Rice looks great in the swimsuit, works damn hard to get that body and has every right to show it off in a completely appropriate manner. Let the naysayers nay and ignore them. Rice has more than earned each and every accolade she receives for keeping herself in such great competitive condition and if she wants to flaunt it responsibly, good for her.

[H/T Fourth-Place Medal]

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  1. tom traynor

    June 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Wow. Will see all of that many times over this weekend at the beach. Now on to something that matters.

    • Paco Schreep

      June 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Wow, I agree with T Traynor.
      These people need to get a grip!!

    • randy jagodzinski

      June 27, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      I guess any young pretty women in a 2 piece bikini is considered being ” provacative” wow nothing wrong with that. Go to any public pool and you will see minors wearing less.

  2. MaryJane2

    June 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Surely people have better things to do that worry about this.

  3. gary murphy

    June 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Any beautiful person, place, or thing is a pleasure for the eyes to look at regardless of age or gender. Pleasure is the reaction to anyone or thing
    beautiful the time and place or debatable and so the controversy. I vote
    she is not doing anything wrong.

  4. Marty

    June 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Is there a double standard here? What if this was one of the male swimmers showing off a new speedo…? Or are the same people/groups (i.e., Moral police) saying anything about the women beach volley ball players? Besides, don’t the people that are complaining have anything better to do??? Come on… Everyone knows… “SKIN TO WIN, BABY!!!”

  5. phil74501

    June 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Who was it that said “Much ado about nothing?” I think that applies here. Move on people, there’s nothing to see.

  6. Vic

    June 27, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    It might not seem like a big deal for most people, but reallity is that athletes or mature people specially role models are supposed to incourage and educate young people specially children in regards to the dangers about posting semi nude pictures online. thats my take on that!! because once on the web these pics will stay there forever and that could damage their reputation later on in life.

  7. spanish inquisition

    June 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Pure jealousy on the part other females. Get out of your house more!

  8. John

    June 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I think the people who think this is to revealing need to watch the Beach vollyball events in the same Olympics that they want her to be banned from, besides she is a swimmer and personally I think she looks great, lets all go to Beach in Ausy land and see how many thongs we can count.

  9. mike

    June 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    i think its sexy, and shes a grown BEAUTIFUL woman. i think she should call me…!

  10. Gabe

    June 27, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Amy Harris from the Daily Telegraph was making a play on the phrase “Birthday Suit.” Rice received the bathing suit for her birthday. Harris wasn’t saying that Rice was “sort of” nude, she was making a play on that phrase and the fact that the bathing suit was a birthday gift!

  11. Ed

    June 27, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Bkini is too sexy but no one will say a word about her posing for playboy and getting paid!

  12. Andy in IB

    June 27, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    If ya got it flaunt it. X

  13. algamy

    June 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I hate these moral/religious/conservative uptight anus’s that seem to forget the 10th commandment. what’s that about bringing no disrespect to your neighbor or thier property or anything that belongs to them. what about those 7 sins Envy & judge not least ye b not judged, forgiveness and all that stuff. these ppl that have a problem with her swim suit and trying ruin her bday, are jealous turds!

    she looks great/HOT in her swim suit! she has the right to be happy and express herself, and b happy with a gift from a friend. twitter should not be used by turds as a way or means to bully other ppl! its just wrong! *Flush!!!*

  14. Calvin Newborn

    June 27, 2012 at 7:54 pm


  15. Chris Fitzgerald

    June 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    People…People…Its a swimsuit, she’s not naked!! I want my wife to wear that!!

  16. sprfreek

    June 27, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    who cares really what she does…. she is a beautiful woman… and if she wants to pose half naked in front of a camera…so be it… l lived on a tropical island for most my life and i saw women more naked than that keep religion out of it please

  17. DJDizhna

    June 27, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Welcome to the land of Australia, where one single harmless act can turn into a worldwide controversy. First, Nick Darcy with the guns. Now, Stephanie Rice with the swimsuit. Seriously, I am Australian and my message to other Australians who are in lieu with the media is to just lighten up. Nick Darcy is not trying to get on the cover of a gun magazine or something; he just posted a picture of him and his mate at a gun shop. Same with Stephanie Rice; she’s not trying to get onto Playboy or Zoo. She even said it herself, it’s something she got for her birthday.

    In all honesty, people should just to learn to take it easy. I’ve seen stuff a lot worse than this, Australians, so if you think this stuff is bad, you don’t even know what happens outside Australia.

  18. Doug

    June 27, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Looks great, how about a rear view too?

  19. D.J.

    June 27, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    The only people that are complaining are the women who DON’T look that good!!!!!!

  20. Joe

    June 28, 2012 at 12:50 am

    She looks great. She has the right to show herself on swimsuit. We are in a free country. No one should criticize somebody who wants to do something she thinks is right for herself. It is her birthday, so let it go, just give that as a gift. If my wife has the body, I would ask her to wear that too.

  21. Wombatish

    July 1, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    The “birthday suit” comment was a joke on the suit having been a birthday gift.

    Not that I agree with it, but it wasn’t quite the complete exaggeration/outright lie you seem to be framing it as either.

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