Naomi Osaka Stands Up For Herself Against Negative Comments by Megyn Kelly

July 21, 2021

Story by Dominique McNeil; Photo via Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

This past Monday, 23- year old tennis player Naomi Osaka appeared on the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover and shortly after, journalist and political commentator host Megyn Kelly reacted about the cover on Twitter.

According to JustJared, the tweet all began when Kelly responded to another conservative commentator, Clay Travis, who made a tweet about Osaka that said "Since saying she's too introverted to talk to the media after tennis matches, Naomi Osaka has launched a reality show, a Barbie, and now is on the cover of the SI swimsuit issue". Kelly responded to the tweet by saying "Let's not forget the cover of (& interview in Vogue Japan and Time Mag!)". 

When Osaka saw the tweet by Kelly, she responded in a now deleted tweet, "Seeing as you're a journalist I would've assumed you would take the time to research what the lead times are for magazines, if you did would've found out I shot all of my covers last year. Instead your first reaction is to hop on here and spew negativity, do better Megyn".

Ultimately, the exchange ended in Osaka blocking Kelly on Twitter.