A Sports activities Illustrated swimsuit editor criticized Megyn Kelly in a podcast on Tuesday for her essential tweet of tennis star Naomi Osaka.
Throughout an episode of the “Individuals Each Day” podcast, the editor, M.J. Day, instructed host Janine Rubenstein that she thought Kelly — a former anchor for NBC Information and Fox Information — was concentrating on a girl who “did nothing fallacious.”
“It is such bullying, and it is so pointless,” Day stated Tuesday. “I am like, ‘You recognize what, you are journalists. How about you do your job and also you fact-check, as an alternative of leaping throughout this lady for consideration?'”
Osaka made worldwide headlines in Might when she introduced she would not take part in post-match information conferences through the French Open, later leaving the match and withdrawing from Wimbledon. On the time, Osaka stated in social media posts that she would as an alternative prioritize her psychological well being.
In tweets on Monday, Kelly and conservative commentator Clay Travis appeared to accuse Osaka of not being real about her struggles after she graced the covers of a number of magazines earlier this month.
“Since saying she’s too introverted to speak to the media after tennis matches, Naomi Osaka has launched a actuality present, a Barbie, and now could be on the quilt of the SI swimsuit subject,” Travis tweeted.
Kelly joined in, including: “Let’s not overlook the quilt of (& interview in) Vogue Japan and Time Magazine!”
In response, Osaka stated in a now-deleted tweet: “Seeing as you’re a journalist I’d’ve assumed you’ll take the time to analysis what the lead instances are for magazines, in the event you did that you’d’ve discovered I shot all of my covers final 12 months.”
“As an alternative your first response is to hop on right here and spew negativity, do higher Megan.”
Day confirmed in Tuesday’s podcast episode that the picture shoot occurred in December, months earlier than Osaka went public about her struggles with psychological well being.
The tennis champion appeared to dam Kelly on Twitter after responding to her.
Osaka “blocked me whereas taking a shot at me,” Kelly tweeted. “She is outwardly arguing that she shot her many covers b/4 publicly claiming she was too socially anxious to deal w/press. Reality is she simply doesn’t like Qs she will be able to’t management. Admit it.”
Day added in Tuesday’s episode that Kelly was “a part of the issue” in publicly addressing psychological well being points.
“How about we do our due diligence and ensure we all know what the fact of a state of affairs earlier than we come for folks?” she stated. “It broke my coronary heart to see somebody who is de facto dwelling her life for the betterment of others whereas additionally attempting to pursue her personal ardour, which is tennis and style.”
“Let her stay. Let her make choices for herself that defend her personal well-being,” Day stated of Osaka. “It is for gratis to anybody.”
When reached for remark, Kelly responded by attacking NBC Information and didn’t deal with the bullying accusations from the Sports activities Illustrated swimsuit editor.
“NBC Information has a protracted historical past of bullying girls,” she stated. “Maybe it ought to seek the advice of one of many many executives, anchors and in-house attorneys accountable about whether or not that time period applies right here.”