ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News
Jenna Marbles appears wearing a sports bra and a regular bikini in her video.
YouTube personality Jenna Marbles has uploaded a video on her channel
to explain to conservative Turkish columnist Yüksel Aytuğ how sports bras work after the latter wrote a piece complaining about “flat-chested, man-like” female Olympians.
Marbles addressed Aytuğ in her video, calling him "ponytail," and telling him he had no idea about the female body because he had mistakenly called every swimmer who appeared to have small breasts as flat-chested and "man-like." She went on to enlighten her male audience about the sports bra, used by women during sporting events and workouts, and how it flattened the breasts for comfort.
"Have you ever tried running with two giant cantaloupes attached to your chest? You'll give yourself a black eye," Marbles said. She then went on to demonstrate how dramatic an effect sports bras had on the female physique by donning one, looking exactly like the "flat-chested" swimmers whom Aytuğ had criticized for forgoing their "symbols of womanhood" for the sake of sports. Marbles then wore a regular bikini top and demonstrated that her previous look was simply caused by the attire she was wearing.
Female Olympian bullied for looks
Zoe Smith. REUTERS photo
Britain’s Daily Mail
also published an article on Aytuğ's column after a related story appeared in the Hürriyet Daily News, drawing attention to the bullying and abuse suffered by British Olympian Zoe Smith because of her appearance prior to the Games.
The 18-year-old weightlifter was subjected to "vile Internet abuse," after appearing on a documentary, Daily Mail said, with Twitter users saying she looked like a "lesbian" or a "bloke." The Olympian later broke the British record, lifting twice her bodyweight in the 58-kilogram weightlifting event at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Smith hit back at her abusers after setting a new record, saying: "Most of the people that do think like this seem to be chauvinistic, pig-headed blokes who feel emasculated by the fact that we are stronger than them. Simple as that."
She said it was particularly “sad” to see abuse from girls who labeled her “weird” for her muscular physique.