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North Korean Defector Blasts Flag-Hating Olympian: She Would Have Been Expelled

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A human rights activist who escaped slavery in North Korea had harsh words Thursday for spoiled Olympian Gwen Berry, who turned her back on the American flag during the playing of the national anthem at the U.S. track and field trials.

Yeonmi Park said Berry likely would have been “executed” for disrespecting the flag of her former country.

Berry was in Eugene, Oregon, on Saturday to vie for a spot to represent the United States at the Summer Games in Tokyo. She succeeded in qualifying, placing third.

In the ceremony that followed, however, Berry turned away when she heard “The Star-Spangled Banner” and covered her head with a shirt that read “Activist Athlete.”

She later went as far as to describe her being forced to hear her country’s national anthem as a “set up.”

Berry, who is black, has since said the song represents a system of racial oppression, pointing to a debunked reading of Francis Scott Key’s work.

Her antics took all of the attention away from the two other qualifying athletes — first- and second-place finishers DeAnna Price and Brooke Andersen.

Both women showed respect for the American flag and anthem after outperforming Berry. Meanwhile, the supposedly oppressed third-place finisher sucked all of the air out of the room.

Some oppression there, right?

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