“When you beat all the other masc lesbians,” the Self-proclaimed “Hulk” tweeted with a photo of her flexing and celebrating one of her silver medalist throws. “This is the final boss !!! ”
“I’m actually obsessed with you,” Twitter user Jake Thrasher replied to the post, in which Saunders used an abbreviated term for masculine.
Another Twitter user Fluffy wrote: “I was hesitant to like it but then realized it was posted by the woman herself lol. “
Others have simply taken to calling Saunders “an icon.”
“Shot put me in OBLIVION, please,” HipDippopotamus wrote.Saunders, an openly gay athlete, made headlines by doing an ‘X’ formation above her head on the medal podium on Saturday to show her support for racial and social justice.
The ‘X’ gesture won her fans but threatened to put her in hot water with the International Olympic Committee, which banned protests during the games or at medal ceremonies before the games open in Tokyo. The committee said they were investigating the incident.
The US Olympic Committee defended Saunders, noting that his call for social and racial justice came during a lull ahead of the medal ceremony.
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The South Carolina native has been very open about her struggles with depression – saying she identifies with the comic book character Hulk to give him strength and “a sign of mental peace.”
She wore a Hulk mask during the track and field competition.