Some college students are refusing to root for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics because of their negative feelings about America.
Instead they are opting to support individual athletes who are competing in the games.
Conservative news outlet "Campus Reform interviewed students at the University of South Florida (USF) ahead of the opening ceremony for the games and discovered that many students would not be supporting their country's team.
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Conservative news outlet Campus Reform interviewed students at the University of South Florida (interview pictured above) ahead of the opening ceremony for the games and discovered that many students would not be rooting for Team USA
This interview comes as hammer thrower Gwen Berry (left) made global headlines for turning away from the American flag while the Star-Spangled Banner played at the Olympic track and field trials, as pictured above
Citing this example, among others, reporter Ophelie Jacobson asked USF students if they believed athletes had the right to protest and showcase their political beliefs; many answered yes.
"Oh, 100 percent,' one male student said. 'Given what's been going on with this country and how divided our politics have been, there's not really a reason to stand for one within the country like that anyway, so I agree with it.
'Personally, I do,' another man said. 'People would argue it's a sign of disrespect to do that, but standing away during the national anthem or turning your back or doing whatever to the flag -- that's a form of protest and that's their right.'
One student even argued that athletes should be allowed to protest at the Olympic games because countries use the games to their advantage politicly.
'No matter what [athletes] do, the Olympics anyway is going to be used for politics because even if the US wins or any other country, that country is going to use their win to show that our country's the best,' he said,