An Olympic gold-medal winner has called out a male TSA agent who made sexist comments about her appearance.
U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman said on Twitter that she was body-shamed by a male TSA employee, the Daily Mail reports. Raisman, 22, said she was going through security at an airport when a female TSA agent recognized her as a gymnast because of her "biceps," and the agent's male co-worker commented that he didn't see any muscles.
According to Raisman's tweets, the man continued to stare at her. "How rude and uncomfortable," she wrote.
"I work very hard to be healthy and fit," tweeted Raisman. "The fact that a man thinks he [can] judge my arms p****es me off I am so sick of this judgmental generation."
"If you are a man who can't compliment a girl's [muscles] you are sexist," she continued. "Get over yourself. Are u kidding me? It's 2017. When will this change?"
"He was very rude," wrote the gymnast. "Staring at me shaking his head like it couldn't be me cause I didn't look 'strong enough' to him? Not cool."
"He represents the TSA, you represent the USA ... now who's better?" wrote one of the many users who commented to offer their support for Raisman.
"We work to provide the highest level of security and customer service to all passengers, and expect our officers to treat all passengers with dignity, respect and courtesy," said TSA spokesperson Michelle Negron. "We have reached out to Ms. Raisman via Twitter, requesting more details of her experience to look into this further. We regret that the screening experience did not meet Ms. Raisman’s expectations and look forward to hearing from her."
To those on Twitter that criticized Raisman for publicly calling out the TSA agent, she responded that she had the right to be upset over the incident, according to the New York Post.
"I'm not entitled just stating he hurt my feelings," wrote Raisman. "He didn’t have 2 say anything at all. I’m allowed 2 be upset if someone is mean."
Raisman previously posed for the 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, defending her decision by saying that she "can express myself in any way that I want," according to Motto.
"I knew people were going to say that I wasn’t a good role model and all of this stuff," she said. "I did the issue because I love my body."
"But that doesn’t give anyone the right to judge me," added the Olympian. "I think being a role model is about being a kind person."
"It really made me realize, women do not have to be modest in order to be respected," Raisman said.