On one side is teenage weightlifting star Zoe Smith who is tipped for gold at the London 2012 Olympics. On the other is a group of anonymous internet trolls making vile comments about her on Twitter.
But the 18-year-old hasn’t reached the top of her sporting game for nothing… and in this particular battle, you can guess who came off the winner. Go Zoe!
The weightlifter, who will compete on Monday, was targeted after appearing in the BBC Three programme Girl Power — Going For Gold, which followed her journey, along with two other female competitors, to making the British Olympic team.
Some Twitter users said she looked like a ‘bloke’ and branded her a ‘lesbian’. So far, so predictable from the anonymous trolls.
Yet they didn’t count on Zoe… ‘The obvious choice of slander when talking about female weightlifting is ‘how unfeminine, girls shouldn’t be strong or have muscles, this is wrong’, she wrote on her blog. ‘And maybe they’re right … in the Victorian era. To think people still think like this is laughable, we’re in 2012!
‘This may sound like a sweeping generalisation, but most of the people that do think like this seem to be chauvinistic, pigheaded blokes who feel emasculated by the fact that we, three small, fairly feminine girls, are stronger than them. Simple as that.’
Zoe Smith in action
She then responded to their tweets with some brilliant put downs. With fighting spirit like this, we’re predicting gold for Zoe!
Here are the tweets – and her knock-out responses – in full.
infidel1978: You wouldn’t marry any of them they’re probably lesbians anyway.
LOLitsZOE: Nah, we aren’t. But that’s alright ’cause we wouldn’t marry you either.
infidel1978: I wouldn’t even look at you I’d think you was a bloke and so would 9 out 10 lads.
LOLitsZOE: Your futile attempts at insulting us have brought me many giggles! It makes me laugh that you think we’d give a toss what a closed-minded, clearly weak fool like yourself who can’t handle a bit of muscle thinks anyway!
infidel1978: In other words your insecurities are kicking in lol. Now piss off back to the kitchen and make your boyfriend a sandwich he’s hungry
LOLitsZOE: Meh, Not particularly. I just find it funny to argue with idiots on the internet. What a very original comeback, you are a credit to men everywhere. I bet all those ‘feminine’ women you speak of are queuing round the block for a chance with you!