Everybody knows that living in the spotlights means being susceptible to getting a lot of stick online. Politicians, celebrities and reality stars sometimes come off pretty badly - one wrong move and the internet goes into overdrive. Sometimes, they don’t even have to do anything wrong to be unfairly judged.
Research commissioned by PlayOJO found that Brits acknowledge some unfair treatment of the biggest names in the news this year. Here are the top most unfairly treated people of 2018:
Tennis star, Naomi Osaka, was voted the fourth most unfairly treated person of the year. The Japanese player soundly defeated her childhood idol, Serena Williams in the women’s final of the U.S. open in September, only to have the proudest moment of her career totally overshadowed by William's outburst. One survey participant said: “Playing her idol in the biggest match of her career and Williams behaves like a spoilt child”.
A spokesperson for PlayOJO, which is challenging the UK online casino market by being fair and transparent, said: “It’s no surprise to see some of these names on the list, especially Naomi Osaka, who's big moment in the spotlight was marred by the unfair behaviour of her opponent.”
Cycling champion Geraint Thomas came in at number six. He has been accused, non-stop, of winning the Tour de France as a result of drugs cheating, and even got booed and spat at as he raced the latter stages of the race. One survey participant who voted for him said: “He has achieved the greatest win in cycling but doesn’t get credit for hard work and effort”.
South-African athlete, Caster Semenya was voted number eight. The female sports star has been unfairly discriminated against for years due to having testosterone levels higher than the average women. Since 1st November 2018, governing body IAAF has ruled that she will have to take medication to reduce her testosterone levels to compete with other women. In other words, she cannot compete at elite levels using the body she was born with.
One person who voted for her commented “It's unfair that someone should be discriminated against because their body is not "average" through no fault of their own”, another added “she cannot help what happens naturally within her body and we as a society are so quick to condemn someone who is slightly different”. People surveyed said they would like to see her treated fairly and for her to be able to compete without taking medication.
Manchester City forward, Raheem Sterling also made the list at number nine. Despite having one of the best seasons of his career, he suffers relentless criticism in the media and by the public. The footballer also made headlines at the weekend after a Chelsea fan shouted racist abuse at him during the match. One survey participant voted for him said: “He's a great footballer who's always improving his performance, but he's still picked upon by parts of the media and society”. Another respondent said, “he is constantly in the news for doing everyday things that everyone does. But, because he's young, a footballer and black, he is unfairly highlighted”.
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