The article is centered on a new book, Fit Nation: The Gains and Pains of America’s Exercise Obsession. Time interviews the author, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, who claims exercise is linked to “reinforcing white supremacy.” The article, titled “The White Supremacist Origins of Exercise, and 6 Other Surprising Facts about the History of U.S. Physical Fitness,” claims the trend of exercising is only geared toward white women. Petrzela says racists thought, “White women should start building up their strength because we need more white babies.”
Now, athletes, doctors, and fitness influencers on Twitter are dragging the magazine for attempting to connect exercise with racism, AIDS, and 9/11.
A reality TV doctor said these types of articles are ripping away America’s trust in the media, tweeting, “According to Time Magazine, when I exercise each day I’m engaging in a white supremacist activity. And the press wonders why America’s trust in media is the lowest it has been since that figure started being kept.”
One person even noted Time magazine is endorsing 15 minutes of white supremacy a week, with two headlines, within hours of each other, suggesting exercise to be linked to white supremacy and a longer life.
An athlete and former heavyweight boxer, Ed Latimore, tweeted out, “First math was a tool of white supremacy. Now it’s exercise. Pretty soon, food is gonna be a tool to continue systemic racism oppression.” Others were saying the article is attempting to steal content from the Babylon Bee, a satirical news site.