Americans Are Trying To Cancel Our Beloved Excited Swimming Coach & Aussies Aren’t Having It
"Ladies, is it misogynistic for a man to show joy at a woman succeeding at an elite level?"
Australians were left absolutely buzzing yesterday when swimmer Ariarne Titmus took home gold in the women’s 400m freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics.
Titmus managed to just scrape by America’s Katie Ledecky, who is the current world record holder for women’s 400m freestyle and who had previously won gold for the event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
While Titmus was rightfully ecstatic with her win, it was clear no one was quite as pumped as her coach, Dean Boxall.
Jumping around from the viewing platform, cameras caught Coach Boxall punching the air, screaming in joy, and essentially air-humping the glass barrier in celebration — and the world instantly fell in love with the excited coach. Well, at least most of the world.
— 7Olympics (@7olympics) July 26, 2021
Despite Titmus having absolutely no qualms about her coach having his moment to shine, some found Boxall’s display of joy to be offensive and rude.
“He means everything to me,” Titmus said after the race about her coach. “That’s just the way Dean is, he is just passionate about what he does, he becomes so animated. For him as much as it is for me. He puts 100 percent into being a swimming coach.”
Similarly, Boxall told reporters that he just “lost it” when he saw Titmus win and was aware that Americans might not have “liked” his response.
“I think I went outside of my body,” the coach explained. “Americans might not like it, I don’t know.”
“But I can’t help it. I believe in my athletes. It’s very simple when the athletes leave the pool deck… they begin the recovery process and they switch off. I go home and try to find a way for them to get better. I don’t turn it off. That’s probably why I let it out.”
“That’s a moment of being with this girl five years and having a dream together.”
how do the americans non-stop bitchin about titmus’ coach taking the spotlight from her with his celebrations, not for one second see the irony that they’re choosing to speak only of this and not her fantastic victory? pic.twitter.com/lcBFr9wWCv
— wilf (@friendlykitties) July 26, 2021
And sadly, Boxall was correct. Americans really didn’t like the coach’s outburst of support, and they weren’t shy to share their distaste for Boxall online.
“Hey all — what the Australian coach did isn’t funny or cute. It bigfoots a woman athlete winning a gold medal and centers the attention on him. It’s vulgar and frankly offensive and he should apologize to her. And everyone else,” wrote one angry American, who believed a coach being supportive overshadowed a woman winning a literal Olympic gold medal.
“I know everyone is tweeting this clip like it’s cute… but turning the moment Titmus worked her entire life to achieve about yourself is kinda crappy,” added another American, clearly bitter that the US representative didn’t take home the gold.
As the annoyed Americans continued to share their terrible takes on Ariarne Titmus and her coach, words like “toxic”, “gross”, and “villain” were used to describe Boxall.
Twitter brain in full flow here. Assuming that Ariarne Titmus would disagree with the way her coach celebrated the win is one of the most patronising bit of twitter saviour mentality imaginable. pic.twitter.com/piKjH6fnuA
— Preston Towers (@prestontowers) July 26, 2021
— Steve Smith (@stevesmithffx) July 26, 2021
americans lose one medal and immediately have to pathologize their opponents celebration. weird place. https://t.co/Svy9s6FFy4
— Τζο Cool (@SocelynJeip) July 26, 2021
Thankfully, in true Aussie style, Australians banded together to take the piss out of the salty Americans through memes.
Unsure of exactly how Americans expected Boxall to react, Australians decided to take the absolute piss out of Americans and their unbelievable reach that the only way to celebrate women is by *checks notes* not celebrating at all.
personally, when someone I train wins gold I remain still and emotionless so as to not cause unnecessary discourse
— James Colley (@JamColley) July 26, 2021
me when the swimmer i've been coaching wins a gold medal in a high profile and fiercely contested race at the "olympics of sport" pic.twitter.com/dzhbKZHz7v
— casey briggs (@CaseyBriggs) July 26, 2021
(American sitting on a couch who has never finished a spin class) Wow that celebrating Australian swim coach is toxic AF
— 𝔼𝕧𝕚𝕖 (@tiredandstrong) July 26, 2021
So sad to see so many Americans trying to turn a proud coach into a big issue to mask the fact that they’re very salty about losing a swimming race.
— Zach 🅐 (@zac_langdon) July 26, 2021
[People from the only country where it's normal to carry a concealed weapon into a restaurant] hey that swimming coach went a bit over the top hey
— Dave (@Mesut_Ausil) July 26, 2021
excitement is toxic, adjust your charts accordingly pic.twitter.com/X91m6lnYAz
— Mister Piece of Shit (@IllyBocean) July 26, 2021
Ladies is it misogynist for a man to show joy at a woman succeeding at an elite level
— 𝔼𝕧𝕚𝕖 (@tiredandstrong) July 26, 2021
reading all about the 400m gold celebration and I can’t believe the misogyny & childishness. It should be Ariarne Breastmus. It’s rude the one you’re all saying. I don’t want to say it but you know
— Chudney Crompton (@puppy_eggs) July 26, 2021
Ah, truly nothing unites Australians like being able to collectively dunk on a nation of sore losers.
nothing brings our bitterly divided commonwealth together like owning yankees
— csl share haver (@CBGBsss) July 26, 2021
Aussie normally: lol our country is a wet hole in the world. It’s a colonial backwater that specialises in racism, misogyny and just general hate crimes at all times
Aussie when an American criticises Australia: FFFFFFFFFFFWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAWHAT THE FUCK DID YOU JUST SAY SEPPO
— pfizer söze (@maximum_sincere) July 26, 2021
seeing brits and americans cry when we beat them in sport is literally the only thing that makes me feel patriotic https://t.co/YtLZaJrylp
— Nick Schadegg (@nickschadegg) July 26, 2021
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