Italian Gymnast Carlotta Ferlito Apologizes for Racist Remark Referencing Simone Biles

Italian Gymnast Carlotta Ferlito Apologizes for Racist Remark Referencing Simone BilesImage via Getty Images/Dean Mouhtaropoulos

While you would think that people in this day and age have evolved past using ignorant and disrespectful racist remarks, there's always going to be some people who still feel that making such offensive comments, even in jest, are okay. Case in point, Italian gymnast Carlotta Ferlito.

After her and teammate Vanessa Ferrari finished fifth and fourth, respectively, on the balance beam at the world championships in Belgium, Ferlito said, "I told Vane that next time we'll have our skin black also so we can win, too." To make matters worse, Carlotta supposedly made the remark with a smile on her face. Her comment was in regards to African American U.S. gymnast, bronze medalist Simone Biles.

Obviously, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that her comment was distasteful and deserved an apology. So, two days later(!), Ferlito apologized via Twitter, saying, "I want to apologize with the Americans girls. I didn't want to sound rude or racist. I love Simone and I'm a huge fan of USA gymnastics," she tweeted. "I've made a mistake, I'm not perfect…I didn't think about what I was saying. I'm just a human. I'm so so sorry."

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[via USA TODAY]

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