This week the GymCastic Crew discuss results and performances from the Russian Cup, including the absence of Anastasia Grishina from the World Team; the scandal also known as dun dun dun dunnnnnn GrishinaGate. We debate the merits of the Russian system in which all the dirty laundry is aired in the press versus a system with more secrecy like the US; casting updates from the Gabby Douglas movie ( this kid!) and her possible role on Dancing With The Stars (yes, she moved to LA last week); bestselling author Julie Cross’s new book Letters To Nowhere; Jenni Pinches nerd-fighter worthy mobile game, USAG’s 50th anniversary magazine-gasm; and finally we present dramatic Tumblr readings from the gymternet.
The USAG 50th anniversary magazine collection! Pick a private place to browse, you will Kathy Johnson! http://legacy.usagym.org/
Play Jenni Pinches game Laser Chambers here.
The Evidence: Grishina looks like she gave zero craps at the Anadia Challenge Cup:
Exhibit C: Just look at her hair!
The lovely Anna Pavlova at the Italian Series on vault
And here she is again on uneven bars
And just one more because her toe point is so pretty
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So, I’m slightly confused about something. How come people can mockingly attempt British accents and it is perfectly ok, while if that was done to almost any other accent, it would be considered offensive and never done? You wouldn’t have tried to give complements in a Chinese accent when talking about Cheng Fei, because that would be offensive–nobody would even suggest doing such a thing. How come it is ok to do that with a British accent?
I felt mildly offended, so I wanted to bring it up.
It’s a great accent regardless. But as far as it being okay – I think it’s a general society acceptance that making fun of a dominate culture, majority or someone in power is fine. For example, picking on a white american man is generally acceptable. It just is the way it is.
We were sincerely trying to pay tribute to Beth with our accents. They were not intended to be mocking at all.
It’s different when you all speak the same language as your mother tongue, such as differences between Canadian, Aussie, USA, UK etc accents. I take no offense, but if you are mimicking someone’s accent when they are speaking a language other than their mother tongue, that might not be appropriate
As the head admin of GymFanConfessions on tumblr, can I just say that I loved hearing Spanny do the dramatic readings of those two confessions. I was laughing for about five minutes upon hearing it. Thank you hahahahahaha! Also, I love this podcast and follow it religiously. I would happily donate to you guys, but I am, unfortunately, a broke college student at the moment. Thanks for keeping the gymternet updated with all the best news and analysis though! 😀