Days after Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte and three other members of the U.S. swim team told Brazilian authorities that they were robbed at gunpoint, video footage now shows that they most likely fabricated part of their story. According to Rio de Janeiro's police, the swimmers vandalized a bathroom in a gas station.
While Lochte recently apologized, Olympics spokesperson Mario Andrada said that no apology is needed from the 32-year-old swimmer.
"We have to understand that these kids were trying to have fun," Andrada said. "Let's give these kids a break. Sometimes you take actions that you later regret. Lochte is one of the best swimmers of all time. They had fun, they made a mistake, life goes on."
People on social media quickly pointed out the apparent double standard: the swimmers appear to have lied to the police and it seems that they are getting a "free pass." Meanwhile, Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas — an African American — was heavily criticized for not placing her hand over her heart during the national anthem.
It's not that people can't be understanding and forgiving when public figures make mistakes. It's that everyone should have an equal opportunity for that forgiveness.
Here are 9 tweets that call out this white male privilege for what it is: