they outlawed this move just because she was the only woman who could do it.
Surya Bonaly was infamous for (among other things) doing aone blade backflip in the 1998 Olympics, and is the ONLY figure skater who’s ever pulled that off. Not just the only woman, the only figure skater PERIOD. There’s like all ofthree Olympic-class male skaters who did backflips in their routines, and NONE of them could do it one blade.
But wait, there’s more.
Backflips were banned from the 1976 Olympics onward on the official justification that skating jumps are supposed to be landed on one blade, whereas backflips are landed on both blades. The unofficial justification was it was too dangerous, both to the athlete and to the rink — if you didn’t land it perfectly, you could not only break your ankle, but also punch THROUGH the ice surface.
Surya Bonaly was openly contemptuous of the figure skating judges, because they were a bunch of openly racist white men who always screwed her over by giving her lower scores than she deserved. That one-blade backflip was her ultimate FUCK YOU! to the Olympics judges, because she took an “illegal” backflip and made it legal by landing it on one blade. Pretty much DARING them to mark her down for being epic awesome and pulling a move that their precious coddled white girls didn’t have the guts to even think about.
They did, of course. White racism knows no bounds. But she utterly owned them with that move.
not only did she do a fucking backflip and land, she landed then went right into a triple loop. like holy fuck
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#GazaUnderAttack update from the ground (Sunday 20 July 17:00)
The current death count is 425, including 112 children. These include Maaly Aby Zayed, who was killed by an Israeli air strike as he distributed aid, eight members of the same family (one who was six months old), and over 40 in just the one neighbourhood of Shaja’iya in east Gaza.
- "Deliberate massacre" in Shaja’iya due to "indiscriminate" Israeli artillery shelling" of civilian homes last night [source #1, source #2]. Entire families were wiped out by the random shelling, and fires spread as a result of the shelling. A UN school was heavily damaged. Footage taken on the ground “resembled Sabra and Shatila”.
- Even though ambulances found it hard to reach the wounded, there was still around 1 a minute getting to Shifa hospital. The hospital morgue ran out of fridges to contain the dead. Doctors say they’d never seen an assault like it: of the 40 bodies that arrived at night to Shifa hospital, 17 were children, and many bled to death because the hospitals were so overwhelmed. Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian surgeon in Gaza, said the Israeli army is treating Palestinians “like animals” and asked Obama to spend one night in Al-Shifa hospital [source].
- The Red Cross asked Israel to cease attacks on Shaja’iya to send in medics, but Israel refused. The truce eventually almost happened, but was broken by Israel. Some medics held back for safety, but others still went in to help the living and collect the dead, doing so under Israeli fire [source]. At least one ambulance was totally destroyed (photo above), and at least two medics were killed. One medic, Abu Khames Shaath, went to a bomb site to find his family among the dead [source].
- Israel found to be using “flechette shells” in Gaza, which explode in the air and rain down thousands of tiny darts over distances of hundreds of metres. Not the weapons of an army that’s trying to protect civilian life.
- The UN agency that looks after refugees in Gaza, is almost out of money. They are now supporting over 85,000 people [source], well over the peak number from the 2008/09 Gaza assaults [source], and were worried yesterday they were going to run out of food, medicine and mattresses.
- Despite the constant fear, the Palestinian spirit doesn’t seem broken. “People here are supporting the resistance, which is obvious in all areas, despite our suffering,” says Mohammed Joudeh, a father of five. “This situation cannot continue, or return as it was 11 days ago - under Israel’s 8-years-long siege - where life was equally, if not worse, long-term” said Amnah Odeh, 66, in Rafah refugee camp. [source]
- Elsewhere in Palestine: Palestinian activists cut off electricity to illegal Israeli settlements in retaliation for the power cuts and recent assault on Gaza [source]; Israeli settlers attack and injure five Palestinians in Hebron, whilst Israeli soldiers nearby did nothing to intervene [source]; Israel refuses to buy bomb shelters for Palestinian villages in modern-day Israel [source]
- In Europe: on Friday, our activists occupied the Cabinet Office to demand an arms embargo against Israel [source]; close to 100,000 people marched to the Israeli embassy in London yesterday [our protest report], with the focus shifting to an arms embargo to Israel from others [e.g. in a letter to the Guardian from many celebrities, and an e-petition calling for a total trade embargo against Israel from the UK with over 30,000 signatures]; protesters in Paris defied the ban against pro-Palestine demonstrations, with “large crowds” [source]
- Internationally: protests in Chile, home to the largest community of Palestinians outside the Middle East, has suspended its trade negotiations with Israel, and is considering withdrawing its ambassador in Tel Aviv [source], a move which Ecuador actually did.
- Balance and Objectivity at the Expense of Accuracy?, by Deanna Othman and Roqayah Chamseddine.
- Weapons to Israel and the upholding of false narratives, by Ramona Wadi.
- Israel’s brutal war on Palestinian children, by Mohammed Suliman.
- Israel’s oppression of Palestinians supported by 100 British volunteer soldiers, by Joana Ramiro
- “Death toll disparity doesn’t tell the whole story, it’s true. Even if it was 50-50, the key context is still Israel’s colonial occupation.” [@benabyad]
- The ‘This Is Not Jewish’ tumblr wrote a piece about how to criticise Israel without being anti-semitic, which makes some valid points (but also some less good ones, as pointed out by this LPA member).