Telling The Truth… When Pigs Fly #BanKellyK

(I am not a professional blogger – do forgive formatting errors. Yes, I am aware of my run-on sentences.)

I knew something wasn’t right about blogger Kelly Roberts the first time I was introduced to her as my “teammate” on the Oiselle team (of which I was a paying member).

For someone who now constantly insists during podcast interviews on being labeled as a “pro athlete” because she admits she couldn’t handle the reality of being told she wasn’t good enough or skinny enough over and over again as an actress (she must never have realized that when you have talent, you can still be an actress), Kelly Roberts does a pretty good job of pretending to know what she’s talking about to her audience. An audience, who, mind you, learns about running from a non-elite blogger that’s a multiple-time cheat and bandit. Why would you trust someone that doesn’t even know or follow the rules of the sport to tell you when the sport is wrong?
I watched the commentary that came about the Boston Marathon as she posted “If you’re losing faith in humanity, don’t run the boston marathon if you’re a woman.” along with an inaccurate article from Buzzfeed that paints the Boston Marathon elite women’s payouts as sexist. (Yes, the same Boston Marathon she is desperately trying to qualify for. The irony doesn’t fail to be seen). Kelly went on to lie about deleting angry comments on her page from this article when her following that actually understood elite racing rules explained them with grace & patience. Nowhere was there a rude or disrespectful comment. Naturally, Kelly made up additional faux outrage when posting a followup to the Buzzfeed article: “It made me very, very uneasy to see the anger in the comments of people defending why these women justly shouldn’t get paid. Or coming after me for sharing the buzzfeed article. The anger on the internet towards women makes me sick. But I’m very hopeful to see that the BAA is doing the right thing.” She is always a victim. I have never had a problem calling out Kelly’s lies before, and I’ll not have a problem doing it again.
Apparently, you cannot talk about when Kelly Roberts is wrong or mislabeled by directly tagging her on Twitter after the Oiselle Volee have had 300+ comment threads in a Oiselle fan page discussing misrepresentation. You cannot talk about when Kelly Roberts is wrong as a Oiselle paid ambassador in the former team forum Ning because the thread will be deleted to protect those involved (meaning she was on the platform). You cannot talk about when Kelly Roberts shames women that wear makeup on Twitter in the Facebook page as a paying Oiselle Volee member because she is not in the forum to defend herself, so the 200+ thread will be deleted. You cannot talk about when Kelly Roberts is wrong on her Instagram page, because she will shame you on her blog and paint herself as a victim as well as claim that she can do as she wishes because of what she has “endured”. You cannot talk about when Kelly Roberts is wrong on her Facebook page because she will actually delete your comment & block you after you tell her that she hasn’t deleted a single comment. (Screenshots available).
That being said, Kelly Roberts, woman who claims to support all other women but actually does not: Stop. Lying. Of course, within hours of my post, suddenly she is starting a book club & the first book is “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed”. No, Kelly Roberts, it is not shaming when someone has posted the truth about you in response to what you’ve said publicly. The current President of the United States is a fraud that is constantly lying – should we in the running community idly stand back as you do the same, not just once, but over and over again? While you are proven as an unremorseful cheat and bandit? As an honest, rule-abiding runner, I prefer that those that exist within the running community hold the same respect for the sport that you lack, and understand what they speak of prior to making grand general commentary about such issues that affect those of us that race competitively. No, I am not ever expecting to be or race as a competitive elite. However, unlike you, I have easily clarified my role as a runner & corrected anyone attempting to call me an elite runner or pro athlete. And I will not hesitate to clean up my playground from those that constantly continue to sully it.
Kelly has lied & perpetuated misinformation multiple times on social media, and I have clearly posted when she has. I have no problem standing up & speaking out for what is right. I have predicted what she will do in response to my comment (spoiler alert: she went to indicate that she was shamed like I said she would, as well as posted a podcast about grief, her go-to topic for whenever she happens to be called out for being wrong. Feel free to go back & see how often she has broken the rules in running and the topics she utilizes directly afterwards). As for the commentary she cultivated about the Boston Marathon prize money being sexist, you may publicly read my comment I posted to her Facebook page on Saturday May 5th, 2018 below as well as here:

I’ve followed the threads in this forum & on your Twitter about this specific topic that you’ve mistakenly attributed as a “sexist issue”, going so-far as to say “…don’t run the boston [sic] marathon if you’re a woman”, and then claiming that you deleted “outright disrespectful” comments (which, in fact, members of your forum that were watching closely have reported as an inaccurate claim). Ironic that you state not to run the Boston Marathon if you’re a woman, but qualifying is your current goal as per your #BQorBust attempts, extensive vlogs, & podcast posts. When others have kindly responded to you to indicate that “the rules aren’t sexist at face value” & “the article is wrong” you have ignored the truth and facts, continuing to exploit misinformation. Nobody was “coming after” you for sharing the Buzzfeed article, they were letting you know that it was inaccurate & you were incorrect in claiming for the sexism against women for prize money. “The anger on the internet towards women makes me sick”. No one in your forums was angry against women for racing, or you for that matter simply because you were a woman. You were wrong in what you stated, plain and simple. Blanket statements like that undermine legitimate equality issues in running & racing as a sport. Understanding the rules of racing as a runner is immensely important, especially when someone is an actual elite/pro athlete or within the range of an elite or sub-elite athlete. (It doesn’t mean that the rules don’t apply to everyone, they in fact do, all the way to the last runner of a race.) Racing competitively for place is entirely different than racing for a time (sometimes the two can converge). The fact that the elite start was implemented IN ORDER TO give women a fairer chance to race competitively for a place was entirely lost on your audience – meaning, the rules were NOT sexist to begin with, they were actually a move in the right direction towards racing equality & quality of televised women’s race presence. For you, who have been caught multiple times over many years to admitting to breaking the rules of racing in addition to continuously perpetuating misinformation & misrepresentation of yourself on social media forums, to not acknowledge your mistakes in not knowing the facts about running is misleading to your following, many of whom learn about running from you. For those of you that prefer learning the truth & facts about running and racing, especially as an elite/sub-elite/pro athlete no matter the level you run at, I am posting the comprehensive Runner’s World article here. The same legitimate publication that allowed us to learn that you bought your bib illegally to run for your #SelfieRunRepeat half-marathon and should have been banned by the rules of the NYRR for doing so, the same legitimate publication for runners that responded to your Twitter question about banditing with an article about why it is never okay, and the same legitimate publication that is written by the real experts in the field of running.

Before you state “Woof. Sounds like somebody needs a hug” or “I’m going to respond in love because we need more love in the world” or “Just another hater that needs love” or “[insert excuse here] Hope that’s okay :)” in response instead of acknowledging that there are only truth & facts in this comment, or write a passive/aggressive blog post that contradicts your previous blogs & statements which would further indicate your already proven hypocrisy, or record a podcast about the importance of forgiveness after speaking about your sponsors incessantly instead of understanding what you did wrong, or insinuating that you have a right to do what you do at races “after what I endured”, or creating a commentary about being an internet victim to bullying when others respond to you in truth or facts, or doxxing me on social media but not including my full factual statements, or attempting to deflect the content of what I have written with a grammar or spelling context revision, or stating that hurt people hurt people (I am not hurting, but I appreciate your concern in advance), or claiming that others will shame you for who you are as a human being in your next social media piece, or accusing that you’re being used for clicks, or claiming that you only lift women up because “elitist competitive runners” advocating for honest running make others feel unwelcome for running in the first place (but if a woman does wrong or breaks the rules, we are supposed to blindly support them, just because they’re a woman? No), or deleting/blocking me for bringing the reality of this racing situation to your attention directly to you as I have many other false situations you created, realize that there is no harm in openly stating that you “sometimes I do post bullshit”. Wait, you’ve already admitted to that in a podcast interview released in January. 14:16 & 33:17, Wisconsin Notes podcast. And before you claim to your audience that I’ve never once tried to talk to you, I responded to you with a post considering the opportunity to “begin or request a conversation on neutral grounds” on January 14th after you lied about blocking me on Twitter January 10th. You have chosen not to respond. You, of course, have that choice. Realize that your lack of a response to me or others will not stop those that see your hypocrisy from pointing it out. #SpeakOut
My hypothetical based on your previous actions: I’m certain you’ll post something about how rules aren’t always meant to be followed, or how if the rules don’t receive attention they’ll never be changed, or the rules are meant to be broken so you can justify your posts & your own illegitimate race actions. Of course we cannot enact change without realizing the need for change. There is absolutely a conversation now occurring with the BAA in resonse to this unique racing situation; however, your lack of knowledge about the subject is evident, as indicated by your lack of understanding about what it means to be labeled & racing as an elite with regards to time requirements & entry fields. There has been nothing but respectful education on your socials regarding this matter. I’ll leave the lack of knowledge you have had when you have posted about the Victoria’s Secret show with no understanding of representation in the world of modeling, or shaming women that wear makeup to workout while you still wear makeup in your posts immediately after stating not to do so (there is nothing wrong with or without wearing makeup in general or to race/workout – but to openly reject others as you had stated lacks supporting all women), or any of the other hypocritical, incorrect posts/statements/comments you have made for another time.

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Aysha is a sometimes writer, full-time cheerleader for #TrackNation who has an affinity for modeling on high-fashion runways in Vogue and formerly coached Olympian Kara Goucher on the art of the selfie in her spare time. Her educational background involves a serious love of science and medicine, with a dual-degree in Cell Biology & Neuroscience/Psychology, and accompanying research in Stem Cell Biology. Founder of #MuslimModelsMatter, #StrongInMyMakeup & an advocate for #RunnersAgainstCheating, Aysha believes that #StrongLooksDifferentOnEveryone & won't hesitate to remind others of this truth. She is based in NJ/NYC and currently coached by Rob DeCarlo. Her most epic run was her first marathon, NYC 2013. But her heart is rooted in racing 5ks, cross country and as a miler on the track, where she happily earned 2 NCCWMA silver medals representing the United States in the 1500m & 800m August of 2017. Current dreams include racing at the Olympic Trials exhibitions one day. Oh, and a BQ/Boston Marathon when she backs off the return to speed. You can tweet her some love and contact her with @ModelAyshaMirza.

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