Michelle Wie – Not Mad At The Wrong People (Including Herself.)

Michelle Wie is a professional golfer who was going to revolutionize the game of golf by playing on the men’s circuit. It is arguable that goal was not obtained because she was too young and under too much scrutiny at an early age. Still, on the LPGA circuit, she has had a nice career, winning 5 events and earning over $6.8 million dollars.

Yet Wie is mad concerning a story told by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani while appearing on a radio broadcast. Guiliani was known to have played golf with Rush Limbaugh and he was asked to tell a funny story about Limbaugh.

Appearing on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast Thursday and reminiscing about Limbaugh, who died that day, Giuliani asked if he could tell a story, which involved a round of golf with Limbaugh and Wie West.

Giuliani said that Limbaugh complained about all the “paparazzi” trailing the group, then blamed Giuliani for their presence. Giuliani, chuckling, said the cameramen were there to photograph Wie West and not them.

“On the green is Michele Wie, and she is getting ready to putt,” Giuliani said, in part. “Now Michelle Wie is gorgeous. She’s 6 feet. And she has a strange putting stance. She bends all the way over. And her panties show. And the press was going crazy. … I said ‘[Rush], it’s not me, it’s not you.'”

Whether the story is funny or not depends on your point of view. We believe that Guiliani meant it to show how clueless Limbaugh could be sometimes, especially in situations that he is not familiar with (such as being followed all over the place by the paparazzi.)

Wie took a different tact, condemning Guiliani:

“What this person should have remembered from that day was the fact that I shot 64 and beat every male golfer in the field leading our team to victory,” she wrote. “I shudder thinking he was smiling to my face and complimenting my game while objectifying me and referencing my ‘panties’ behind my back all day.”

First, Guiliani was not “objectifying” Wie at all. He was commenting on why the press was following the group and the shots they were taking.

Secondly, if Wie objects to what was happening, there is a solution – wear clothing that doesn’t show your underwear. It’s that simple.

Third, Wie continued:

Wie West went on to express frustration over elite-level pro golfers being discussed in terms of their appearance instead of their game.

The women’s game has long been plagued by comments about the player’s appearances. While comments are made about the looks of both men and women golfers, the women have the problem that for years they looked liked week-day duffers on a muni-course. The LPGA has tried with limited success to get women golfers to dress more professionally like their male counterparts.

It is also interesting that Wie, who doesn’t seem to care what women look like on the golf course, helped Nike develop a line of women’s golf clothing. We guess it is okay to make money on a product, but not have other people comment on it.

Fourth, if Wie wants lash out at what was happening, she is lashing out at the wrong person.

Go after the media and the paparazzi that followed her around trying to get the pictures. She didn’t do that. Instead, she lashed out at Guiliani who commented on what was going on.

The LPGA defended her, of course:

The basic question that the LPGA needs to answer is that “given Wie’s accomplishments, (and they are many,) why was she out there dressed in such a manner? Would the men’s tour allow butt cracks and underwear to be shown?”

(That’s a rhetorical question – the answer is “no.”)

It is a shame to us that such an accomplished golfer and spokesperson can’t wrap their heads around the idea that playing for the Ladies PROFESSIONAL Golf Association means you dress like a professional and don’t let your underwear be hanging in the breeze.

We guess it is better to claim to be a victim than to see the issue and address it with the press.

2 Responses to “Michelle Wie – Not Mad At The Wrong People (Including Herself.)”

  1. Moon Doggy says:

    Rudy should have left it as “she’s gorgeous” , the panty thing goes a bit further than he perhaps should have.

    Warning: Toxic Male statement follows:

    For the life of me I’ll never understand why some women will spend lots of time, effort, and money to “look good” and then criticize someone for noticing.

    • AAfterwit says:

      Moon Doggy,

      Thanks for the comment.

      We read it as the fact that the press was noticing and photographing Wie and her clothing. Guliani wasn’t commenting on the clothing or saying it was right or wrong, but rather simply noting that the press was there for those shots and not Limbaugh.

      It wasn’t Guiliani that was “objectifying” Wie, it was the press.

      Wie was an ardent hater of Trump and Limbaugh and therefore by extension, Guiliani. It was easier for her to make a claim against Guiliani that would be picked up by the media rather than saying the media was the problem.

      A. Afterwit.