In a new interview for the New York Times, some new facets of Tonya Harding’s life have been revealed — including the fact that she hunts with a bow and arrow because she can’t use a gun.
Reporter Taffy Brodesser-Akner explains: “She hunts for food, for deer and elk. Although because she is a felon, she cannot use a gun — she uses a bow and arrow. She builds things. She can fish.”
Though she can’t own a gun, it doesn’t stop her from loving them. “She believes in gun rights,” Brodesser-Akner says. “She wears a fur coat. She’s a conservative. She cannot vote because she is a felon, but she would have voted for Trump.”
“We needed change,” Harding says, referring to Trump.
Brodesser-Akner explains: “Nobody ever gave her a chance and that was the great tragedy of her life.”
“I mean, the media portrayed me as the villain, and as the bad person since I was young. And it’s just because growing up on the other side of the tracks, people don’t seem to understand that this is just who I am.”
This forgiveness of Tonya Harding has been ushered in by the release of the film I, Tonya. That film painted the abuse she experienced at the hand of her mother and ex-husband. But not everybody is here for it; Piers Morgan called her out in an interview earlier this month. During an episode of his morning show, Morgan accused Harding of having a victim complex.
“Maybe it suits you to play the victim,” he said, “but I think the victim in all of this wasn’t you. It was Nancy Kerrigan who had her Olympic dream shattered quite literally in her legs.”
Harding then responded, “Thank you so much. I appreciate being on your show, but I think I’m going to have to say have a good night.”
But the Times also claims that she isn’t here for these “feminist think pieces” that are being penned about her.
“She doesn’t want any kind of liberal gooey love applied to her right now. As far as she is concerned, you had your chance. She could have used you back then. She could have used your think pieces back then but she didn’t get them.”
“Finally, everybody can just eat crow,” Harding explains. “I’m sorry, but you know what? Y’all did this to yourselves.”
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