Paige Spiranac and Britt McHenry Got Into a Twitter Tiff Over Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Photos

A Twitter argument between Paige Spiranac and Britt McHenry probably wasn’t what you were expecting on this fine Tuesday, but that’s exactly what went down after the former ESPNer sounded off on the idea that there’s empowerment in posing nude. This, of course, is related to the release of some racy Sports Illustrated swimsuit photos.

Why does a woman have to pose nude to feel “empowered”? Isn’t it more empowering to keep your clothes on, go into an office or classroom like everyone else and excel? #SISwimSuit desperately wanting to compete with IG models with gimmicks.

— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) February 13, 2018

And that goes for men too. I’m not going to take a man more seriously because he strips down and writes words on himself. He might be great to look at, and that’s fine, but come on now…it’s not activism.

— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) February 13, 2018

Spiranac, who revealed last week she was part of SI’s 2018 Swimsuit Issue, responded by basically saying it’s her body and she can do whatever she wants, which, of course, is true:

Different women feel empowered in different ways and it’s not right to tell someone what they can and cannot do. It’s more about the person you are and not the clothes you decide or not decide to wear. My body, my choice. https://t.co/CwGlgJX51z

— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) February 13, 2018

This led to McHenry dropping more opinions and calling Spiranac an attention seeker:

I agree it’s your body to do what you want. But posing nude is a way to ascertain empowerment through vanity. I don’t think, and this goes for both genders, it’s the best way to receive reciprocal respect or empowerment. Just my opinion though. https://t.co/v5f4AODzkl

— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) February 13, 2018

Ok, but you’ve literally cried at press conferences about how you’re not taken seriously in golf. Anyone can pose naked, and yet this is your response to a civil discussion. You’re both beautiful…and attention-seeking. https://t.co/QWoU37O4XE

— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) February 13, 2018

This exchange was appropriately capped by Spiranac posting one of her nude SI pics:

Thanks, I will☺️💕 pic.twitter.com/AQQRwOgAeQ

— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) February 13, 2018