Raptors issue apology after deleted Women’s History Month tweet goes viral
Toronto’s NBA franchise made headlines on Thursday for all the wrong reasons.
Earlier this week, The Raptors released a video celebrating Women’s History Month. but quickly deleted. It’s related to the 16 second the clip was overwhelmed with negativityand many criticize him for being deaf and insincere.
The video in question featured Malachi Flynn, 24, Precious Achiuva, 23, and current Rookie of the Year Scotty Barnes, 21. Each gave a one-sentence short answer about why “girls rule the world”, which was a nod to Beyoncé’s hit song “Run the World (Girls)”.
Flynn opened the video by saying that women are “the only ones who can reproduce.” Building on his teammate’s response, Achiuwa said that women rule the world because “they give birth to everyone.”
Barnes chose not to talk about the ability of women to give birth, but simply praised them for their superiority. He said, “All women are beautiful because they are queens.”
The outrageous clip has prompted fans to wonder if messages from the team’s social media account are checked before they are distributed.
On Thursday, the Raptors organization apologized for the removed video. IN statement to the Toronto Sunthe team lamented their lackluster video and said they “will work to be better today and every day after”.
“We are an organization that prides itself on doing the right thing when it comes to inclusion and representation, and we made a mistake. [Tuesday]Toronto officials said. “We sincerely apologize to our players, our staff and our fans – we will work to get better today and every day thereafter.”
On March 14, Toronto will host Women’s Empowerment Night against the Denver Nuggets at the Scotiabank Arena. This initiative is designed not only to celebrate women for their talent, but also to enable them to excel in both sports and life.