Stephanie Rice works in a swimsuit. Thus, you might think it was absurd for people to get upset when she posts a picture of herself in a swimsuit on Twitter. You would be wrong. Rice had people making a “hot water” pun over the last few days as some worried that posing in this suit might have upset one of her sponsors. Don’t worry, she had already broke up with Speedo. As Yahoo!’s Olympic blog points out, the controversy could have been created as an excuse to run the picture in Australian newspapers.
Pretty clever, but Rice generally doesn’t need help creating a controversy. In 2008, some photos of Rice caused Australia to ask their swimmers to make all their Facebook pages private. In 2010 Rice lost Jaguar as a sponsor after she tweeted, “suck on that faggots,” following an Australian rugby victory.