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Fox News, Conservatives Upset That Olympics Not Pure White And Straight

February 10, 2018

John Moody, executive vice president and executive editor of Fox News, ignited controversy when he skewered the US Olympic Committee this week with an article titled  “In Olympics, let’s focus on the winner of the race — not the race of the winner.”

“Unless it’s changed overnight, the motto of the Olympics, since 1894, has been ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger,'” Moody wrote. “It appears the U.S. Olympic Committee would like to change that to ‘Darker, Gayer, Different.’ If your goal is to win medals, that won’t work.”

Moody went on to deride the US Olympic Committee for boasting about how this year’s team was “the most diverse” ever sent to the Winter Olympics.

Moody may want to take some time to catch up on the demographic statistics of America.  The middle class of the nation has expanded so that not only Caucasians have the means to send their talented child to a sporting facility with a coach.   That is a very good thing to showcase, and the Olympics is a perfect stage to make the point.

Moody may not be aware of it but gay people make up every family around the nation.  It is not as if the Olympics are “gayer’ but instead our nation has stepped into the 21st century and allowed gay and men women to live the full impact of the documents written by the Founding Fathers.  That is a most powerful statement to send around the globe—again via the Olympics.

The men and women who compete from our nation should look like the face of our nation.  Moody may wish for a time when blacks were only porters in trains and gay people where only used for jokes on television.   But that is not the reality of America in 2018.

Moody and other conservatives who feel his way need to update their thinking. The world is diverse and getting more so–and that is a good thing.

The first two openly gay U.S. Winter Olympians took to social media Friday to make that point.  Their presence at the games sends a message to all–but especially people like Vice President Mike Pence that, “We’re here. Get used to it.”

“The #OpeningCeremony is a wrap and the 2018 Winter Olympic Gaymes are officially under way!” skier Gus Kenworthy, 26, captioned on Friday an Instagram photo of himself with figure skater Adam Rippon, 28. “I feel incredibly honored to be here in Korea competing for the US and I’m so proud to be representing the LGBTQ community alongside this amazing guy! Eat your heart out, Pence. #TeamUSA #TeamUSGay

 

One Comment leave one →
  1. Solly permalink
    February 10, 2018 1:21 PM

    Ridiculing diversity is what I would expect out of a Faux News executive. No doubt he would be much more comfortable in the stands of the 1936 Berlin Olympics……………..oh wait, that didn’t turn out the way the hosts intended. The sad thing is while we’ve come so far, it’s only so very recently. http://www.sportsinblackandwhite.com/2012/10/21/integration-on-the-court-college-basketball-in-the-south/ https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/11/the-integration-of-college-football-didnt-happen-in-one-game/281557/

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