“Must Be Hard To Be Illiterate” – Naomi Osaka Blasts Fans For Criticizing Protests

Published 06/04/2020, 8:29 AM EDT


The death of George Floyd under the custody of a white police officer has shaken the USA to its core. Thousands of protestors have been marching on the streets with many celebrities and athletes supporting them. One of the tennis stars who has led this charge is Haitian-Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka.

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She comes from an African-American and Asian background. Needless to say, the attack on minorities hurt her deeply. The effect of this can be seen through her Twitter account.

There are many people who are criticizing the looting and violence that has erupted as a result of the protests. These people have also been flooding the timeline of Osaka. However, the Japanese tennis star knows all too well about dealing with these people.

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What did Naomi Osaka say?

There are many who’ve been trying to tell Osaka to criticize the violence and instead tweet hashtags like All Lives Matter. Naomi is having none of it.

She has proceeded to call one of the fans illiterate while wishing that a man was eaten by the fish that he was seen standing with in his Twitter profile picture. In addition, Naomi has not been soft on celebrities. She has found their posting of black squares as simply a tokenistic gesture.

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As per Osaka, it is good to speak out. However, all those raising their voices when the noise is already loud need to do a lot more than just speak. She even Retweeted the reply given by Coco Gauff to Roger Federer, where she had answered to his black square by giving a link to help out the movement instead.

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It’s also clear that she was not pleased by the focus on the looting. Osaka believes that the people focusing on it didn’t raise their voice when Floyd was killed. It’s easy to see that she’s not stepping back due to the trolls troubling her constantly.

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Aryan Sharma

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Aryan Sharma is a WWE and Tennis author and editor at EssentiallySports. Being a journalism graduate from Delhi University, he combines his love for creating content with an astute knowledge of almost three eras of professional wrestling. He's also a Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova fan and likes to write on the social impact of these two legends beyond their achievements on the tennis court.

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