The Paige Spiranac debate has kicked off again, thanks to her podcast – Playing-A-Round – and a news.com.au article where she hits out at the hypocrisy within golf, and her love/hate relationship with the game.
“Golf is elitist, it’s stuffy, it’s exclusive and I hate that because I am not that and I was never welcomed in, and I’m still not welcomed in. It’s like my whole life I’m trying to find a place where I can fit in and that I feel comfortable and that I feel at peace with myself, and I haven’t found that. Golf is the absolute worst place for me to be because I am the exact opposite of everything that a golfer should encompass, should be, and I’m not.
“I’m not refined, I’m raw and real and I wear what I want and I have always been so different and golf is not that way.”
There was always going to be a heated reaction to such comments and the golfer herself, who has over two million followers on Instagram. Spiranac is a former US college golfing prodigy who turned Pro but never made it at the top level. She has always been active on social media and always been willing to show off her charms as well as her talent.
Paige’s dress code is far more revealing than any Ladies golf tour would allow. Look for yourself: she’s not difficult to find.
The thing is, she makes it clear that she is perfectly comfortable in flaunting what she’s got, which leads to the obvious which-side-of-the-fence-are-you-on question.
Choice A, a woman has the right to choose how she presents herself to the world or Choice B, she should have more self-awareness and disprove the theory that selling your body is the way to make it when your talent isn’t good enough.
She’s not the only female golfer to be pursuing this route – there are many more on Instagram and elsewhere – and if they can get large followings and sponsors prepared to pay/support them for continuing to flaunt themselves, how can we expect them to stop? Is she doing fellow Pros and women in general a disservice… or is she displaying female empowerment?
In response to her podcast ‘hypocrisy’ claims there was a back-and-forth on Twitter after Mike Miller posted:
“Bitter #PaigeSpirinac needs to decide whether she’s a golfer or just another titty insta babe, craving attention. Here’s a suggestion, Paige. Stick with instagram; golf can evolve & progress without you…”
- He proves my point exactly so thank you Mike
2. Talk about hypocrisy, we are showing the same amount of cleavage in our profile pictures…not my fault I just fill mine out better
3. At least spell my name right if you’re going to insult me”
Bitter #PaigeSpirinac needs to decide whether she’s a golfer or just another titty insta babe, craving attention. Here’s a suggestion, Paige. Stick with instagram; golf can evolve & progress without you…. #DriveOn https://t.co/y0xUTUZjad
— Mike Miller (@SmartGolfBets) March 8, 2020
He had 300 comments on his post; she had 400.
She also had 1800 likes for: “It’s *spiranac and damn my boobs look so great in that picture”
So which side of the fence are you on?
Or maybe there is a C option: nothing to see here… move along.