CNN – The golfing world has rallied around Michelle Wie West following comments made by Donald Trump’s former lawyer Rudy Giuliani “objectifying” the five-time LPGA Tour winner.
The former New York mayor appeared last Thursday on the ‘War Room’ podcast hosted by Trump’s ex-adviser Steve Bannon.
He was remembering a round of golf he played with Wie West and the late talk show host Rush Limbaugh at a charity event in 2014.
As he recalls it, Limbaugh was complaining about the “paparazzi” and blamed Giuliani, only for the former New York mayor to point out photographers were for Wie.
Giuliani said on the podcast on Thursday:
“On the green is Michelle Wie and she is getting ready to putt.
“Now Michelle Wie is gorgeous. She’s six feet. And she has a strange putting stance. She bends all the way over. And her panties show. And the press was going crazy.”
Giuliani went on to finish his story asking, “Is that OK to tell that joke, I’m not sure?” To which Bannon replied, “We already told it, so I don’t know.”
Wie West called Giuliani’s story “highly inappropriate” and “unsettling” –
“What should be discussed is the elite skill level that women play at, not what we wear or look like.
“My putting stance six years ago was designed to improve my putting stats (I ended up winning the US Open that year), NOT as an invitation to look up my skirt!” …
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Michelle Sung Wie West (October 11, 1989) is an American professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour.
At age 10, she became the youngest player to qualify for a USGA amateur championship.
Wie also became the youngest winner of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and the youngest to qualify for an LPGA Tour event.
She turned professional shortly before her 16th birthday in 2005, accompanied by an enormous amount of publicity and endorsements.
Her only major win was the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open.
Wie was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the only child of immigrant parents from South Korea who came to the United States in the 1980s.
Her father, Byung-wook Wie, is a former professor of travel industry management at the University of Hawaii.
Her mother, Bo, was South Korea’s women’s amateur golf champion in 1985, and competed in a Miss Korea beauty pageant.
Her paternal grandfather, Dr. Sang-Kyu Wie, a resident of Jangheung, Jeollanam-do, was an emeritus professor at Seoul National University.
When she was born, Wie was a dual citizen of South Korea and the United States (by jus soli). She renounced her South Korean citizenship in February 2013. Read more.