Genocide Barbie: US-Born Freeskier Who Won Gold for China, Calls Herself an 'Ally' of BLM, Remains Silent on China's Genocide

Genocide Barbie: US-Born Freeskier Who Won Gold for China, Calls Herself an 'Ally' of BLM, Remains Silent on China's Genocide

After shunning her native country and choosing to compete for China, many have questioned US-born Olympic freeskier Eileen Gu’s true allegiances. However, there is one group that Gu proudly associates with, Black Lives Matter.

In March of last year, the California native gave an interview to the South China Morning Post, in which she called herself an “ally” of Black Lives Matter. In the article, Gu lamented the rash of anti-Asian hate crimes occurring across the country. Gu said that she and her grandmother had fallen victim to such an attack.

“I remember at the beginning of the pandemic, I was with my grandma in a Walgreens in San Francisco and this haphazard, haggard man runs in screaming profanities about Asian people and how they were bringing the virus in and how it was super dangerous. I don’t think I’ve ever felt fear like that in my entire life.

“This was in San Francisco – supposed to be the liberal bubble within California, which is the most liberal state, in the most liberal country in the world. This was supposed to be the safest place and I felt physically in danger. I grabbed my grandma and we ran out. I was so scared. That moment was definitely a reset because I realised how close to home it hit. That anybody can be affected just because of the way they look or their culture and heritage.”

Though, in explaining the rash of violence directed against Asians, Gu drew parallels to the Black Lives Matter movement by describing it as “highlighting the inequality” that she says exists in America.

Dylan Gwinn