Hello and hi. Well now, look what happened. Please note that while I seem to take much glee when celebs ‘mess up’ ( I do have a stronger word-but my parents read this blog) please be advised that I am not gloating, per se, just jolly well pleased that these celebs realise that that their actions have consequences. So, this happened…
Louis Smith was naughty. Yes. Yes, he was. Louis Smith is a 4 time Olympic British gymnast who has been suspended for 2 months by the British Gymnastics Association, over a video in which he appeared to mock Islam, according to the BBC. Honestly. What was he thinking? He wasn’t. Clearly.
The video was filmed by Smith but leaked to the media and appeared to show him laughing while retired gymnast, Luke Carson mimicked Islamic prayer practices. The pair of them, should be ashamed of themselves. Yes, yes they should. Smith, who won pommel horse Silver at Rio 2016, later said he was “deeply sorry” for his “thoughtless actions” as reported by the BBC. As a result, Carson was given a reprimand while Smith was suspended for 2 months. Smith, 27, is one of Britain’s best known gymnasts and won BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2012.
Image: Daily Record
Jane Allen, British Gymnastics chief executive said:”It is regrettable that following a historic summer of achievement, the organisation finds itself in this difficult position with two high-profile members in breach of our standards of conduct,” She later added, “As the custodians of the integrity and values of the sport, we have had no choice but to act responsibly.” Good call Allen. I approve. Allen concluded by saying, “Whilst both individuals showed remorse following the incident, we hope in the future they use their profile to have a positive impact on sport and communities.” Applause.
According to British Gymnastics, Smith’s ban was a “cumulative penalty” becasue of a previous breach of its rules on conduct. Goodness. He was reprimanded in June for posting an image on social media of an American gymnast, who was 16 when the photo was taken, accompanied by a comment British Gymnastics said was “unbefitting to a participant.” Oh dear. Just exactly, who does Smith think he is? I can’t even with this guy. Then, back in April, he apologised for questioning the judging at the British Championships, where he was beaten to pommel gold, by Max Whitlock. What a swell guy. For real. British Gymnastics said Smith’s ban was a “cumulative penalty” because of a previous breach of its rules on conduct.
Last month, Smith missed the Olympic and Paralympic celebrations for Britain’s Rio 2016 medallists in order to visit 2 London mosques in an attempt, he says “to learn more about the Muslim community.” Well, that’s good. And I do applaud him for that. But it is more like a slowclap. Please know this.
Meanwhile, Carson’s reprimand will stay on his record for 2 years, but the 27 year old is still able to coach, according to the BBC. Smith is taking a break from the sport and is touring as a guest celebrity on the Keep Dancing stage production. Let’s hope that with all his touring, he has a long, hard think about his actions. I can only hope. That is all.