Polish tennis star, Agnieszka Radwanska, is being shunned by Catholics back home for her decision to appear nude in ESPN’s 2013 Body Issue…but U.S. football star Colin Kaepernick, also a Christian, is not facing the same criticism for also appearing naked in the annual issue. Why the double standard?
Tennis star Agnieszka Radwanska has been dropped by a Catholic youth organisation in her native Poland because she stripped off for a magazine photoshoot.
Beaten Wimbledon semi-finalist Radwanska, 24, is the world number four tennis player and was asked by ESPN’s magazine to feature in their ‘Body Issue’, which is an annual celebration of athletic physiques.
The snap itself was fairly tasteful, with Radwanska posing coyly by a swimming pool filled with tennis balls. Her private parts are carefully concealed, with the overall impact little racier than a swimsuit shoot.
A spokeswoman for the magazine said it was paying “homage to the vast potential of the athletic form, demonstrated through creative photography… showcasing photos that celebrate sport’s most prized physiques, both male and female”.
However, the Krucjata Mlodych (which translates as the not-at-all scary ‘Youth Crusade’) took a dim view of their ambassador public displaying her full athletic form.
“It’s a shame that someone who has declared their love for Jesus is now promoting the mentality of men looking at a woman as a thing rather than a child of God worthy of respect and love,” Father Marek Dziewiecki said
“If she meets a man who she can truly love and establish a happy family and raise Catholic children, then she would probably have to hide these pictures from relatives.” …
Meanwhile in the U.S., breakout NFL star Colin Kaepernick, a professing Christian, has faced no public criticism or questions it seems about his choice to appear naked (while holding a football) in the same ESPN issue. The comments reflected on his Instagram share of his photo shoot for ESPN point to the what happens when one bares it all for the public…lots of “oohs” and “ahhs” and straight up lustful remarks.
On Facebook, however, posts of the photos did get a couple of comments/expressed concerns from two apparent women:
“What happened to the church going kid that everybody loved. Get back in church Colin! You’re not setting a good example of a Christian man!”
“A great body yes – but really? I was hoping you were going to be an awesome role model for our young fans. Disappointing.”
There’s obviously a double standard here…considering how Lolo Jones, also a professing Christian, has been severely criticized for making the same decision to pose in ESPN’s 2009 Body Issue.
Is the fact that ESPN is presenting these athletes’ photos as “art” supposed to make a difference?
Apparently Radwanska and Kaepernick were among about seven athletes from different sports who were specifically asked to pose in the 2013 Body Issue… I suppose it’s not an offer one can turn down?
Does Kaepernick, or any Christian given a public platform, have a responsibility to take these issues into consideration? Perhaps Kaepernick thought about these issues long and hard before deciding to take ESPN up on its offer.
AS CCN asked previously:
“Is it acceptable for Christians to pose naked in the name of “art”? Does the Bible say anything for or against nudity? Does nudity overlap with sexuality, or can the two be mutually exclusive?” <<Read: Should Christians Pose Naked, Semi-Nude? (Mature)