Two Icelandic CrossFit stars—Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir and Annie Mist Þórisdóttir (seen above)—have spoken out against a tweet by CrossFit co-founder Greg Glassman that critics are calling insensitive. Reebok has cancelled its deal with CrossFit in response to the tweet.
In response to a tweet from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation with stated “Racism and discrimination are critical public health issues that demand an urgent response, wherever they occur. #BlackLivesMatter”, Greg took the opportunity to reply, “It’s FLOYD-19”, a portmanteau of the name George Floyd, a Black man who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer on May 25th, and COVID-19, the disease that arises from a novel coronavirus infection.
The tweet was not well received, and prompted Reebok to cut ties with CrossFit.
Katrín and Annie Mist had their own choice words to say on the matter, too. Both condemned Greg’s tweet, and Katrín enclosed a screenshot of an email from Greg, in which he lambasted someone criticising him over the tweet by accusing them of being “manipulative” and their accusations of racism “wrong to the point of being evil”.
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