Girls’ golf star Michelle Wie West tore up former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani for objectifying comments while recounting a podcast about her during a 2014 fundraiser.
Giuliani, who also served as an attorney for former President Donald Trump, spoke on political strategist Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast about the paparazzi taking photos of Wie West while his underwear was briefly visible as he ‘she was standing over a putt.
Giuliani, who starred alongside Wie West and late radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, called the tale a joke, but Wie West was more disgusted than amused by referring to the podcast’s comments without mentioning Giuliani by his last name.
“It’s disturbing to hear about this very inappropriate story shared on a podcast by a public figure referring to my ‘panties’ while playing in a charity pro-am,” Wie West tweeted.
“What this person should have taken away from that day was the fact that I shot 64 and beat all the male golfers on the course which led our team to victory.
“I shudder to think he was smiling at me and complimenting me on my playing while objectifying me and referring to my ‘panties’ behind my back all day.
“What should be discussed is the elite skill level that women play, 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 at my skirt.”
The American Golf Association tweeted its support for Wie, saying, “Sexism has no place in golf or in life. We are always around your corner.”
Wie West, 31, is on maternity leave from the LPGA Tour after giving birth to a daughter last June.
She has won the LPGA five times, including her only major title at the 2014 US Women’s Open.
Wie West married Jonnie West, director of basketball operations for the NBA Golden State Warriors, in 2019.
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