For anyone who doesn’t follow Strikeforce or Olympic judo, Ronda Rousey would have been an unfamiliar name until she recently appeared in the ESPN Body Issue. However, she earned that photoshoot by being 5-0 in her young MMA career and the reigning Strikeforce Bantamweight Champion. And yes, it also helps that she’s rather attractive.
Rousey is very well known for her trash talk as well, being one of the greatest living advertisements in Strikeforce history. So it makes sense that the guys at EsNews would press her for some golden quotes in a recent interview. The reporters asked her which celebrities she’d like to fight, and fed up with the irrelevant question, Rousey finally threw a name out there – Kim Kardashian.
I would beat the crap out of Kim Kardashian, actually. Any girl who is famous and idolized because she made a sex video with some guy and that’s all she’s known for.
Why is everyone slipping it under the cover now? “Oh yeah, she’s selling Skechers to thirteen year olds.” I don’t want some girl whose entire fame is based on a sex video to be selling Skechers to my thirteen year old sister. That’s the horrible kind of role model that I really do not want to be around, why I’m doing things like this: Because girls like Kim Kardashian are being pushed in my sister’s face, and it’s just not healthy. She shouldn’t even have role models like this. And that’s why I’m doing stuff like ESPN Body, because someone needs to do it, for god sakes. (Via Cage Potato)
And therein lies the debate – is Rousey better than Kardashian, the woman she accuses of achieving fame through pornographic means, because she won some fights before she posed somewhat nude for ESPN? The answer is yes. Rousey is much better. She won a bronze medal in Beijing in 2008, and that’s significantly more difficult than leaking a video of Brandy’s brother shooting babies on her chest.
Does that mean that girls should fight other girls because they don’t like them? No. That’s where I disagree with Rousey as a role model. So as long as she keeps the hatred non-violent, Rousey is A-OK with us.