Professional golfer Michelle Wie West blasted Rudy Giulani Friday night over lewd comments he made about her on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast. The former New York mayor shared a story on Thursday about Rush Limbaugh, who died earlier today, in which he and the host of the right-wing show spotted Wie’s underwear while playing golf .
Wie, who won 5 LPGA titles, called the story “highly inappropriate” in a note shared on Twitter. “What this person should have remembered that day was the fact that I shot 64 and beat all the male golfers on the course which led our team to victory,” he said. -she writes. “I shudder to think he was smiling at me and complimenting my game while objectifying me and referring to my ‘panties’ behind my back all day.”
According to Giuliani, at a charity tournament where amateurs paid to play with professional golfers, his and Limbaugh’s group – which also included Roger Ailes and Cigar Aficionado editor Marvin Shanken – were paired with Wie. Giuliani asked Bannon if he could share a “funny story,” and launched into the anecdote, in which he says he and Limbaugh were trying to avoid the paparazzi following them, before realizing that ‘they weren’t the center of attention.
“On the green is Michelle Wie, and she’s getting ready to putt,” said Giuliani. “Now Michelle Wie is gorgeous. She is six feet tall. And she has a weird posing position. She bends over fully and her panties show. And the press was going crazy. … They were trying to take pictures of her. panties. I said ‘[Rush], it’s not me, it’s not you, it’s her panties. ‘”
He ended the story with, “Is it okay to tell this joke? I’m not sure.”
Bannon replied, “We’ve said that before, so I don’t know.”
Although Wie’s note does not directly name Giuliani, she did confirm that she led the group to victory. She also addressed her comments on her stance, saying, “My putting stance six years ago was designed to improve my putting stats (I ended up winning the US Open that year), NOT like a invitation to look at my skirt! “
She added: “What should be discussed is the elite skill level that women play, not what we wear or look like.”
Twitter users praised his response, which also sparked a discussion about misogyny and sexism in sports.
Coaches and parents of young golfers also played a role, sharing some of the experiences they have seen in the sport.
There were also reviews from sports manufacturer Nike for the outfits of the golfers.
Wie was recently cut off from the touring circuit, after giving birth to her daughter last June.