Make Olympics great again! MOGA!
You may think Team USA is already pretty great–they train year after year to become the very best at what they do (even if its Curling), displaying a dedicated perseverance not often found in the era of instant gratification.
But you’d be missing the point.
2018’s Team USA is, to quote Fox News’ executive editor and executive vice president John Moody, “Darker, Gayer, Different.”
And that’s a big problem, says Moody.
He says that “unless it’s changed overnight, the motto of the Olympics, since 1894, has been ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger.’ It appears the U.S. Olympic Committee would like to change that to ‘Darker, Gayer, Different.’”
“If your goal is to win medals,” he adds, “that won’t work.”
We hate to break it to him, but the Olympics (especially the Winter variety) has always been pretty gay.
What’s changed this year? Well, two athletes–skier Gus Kenworthy and figure skater Adam Rippon–are out of the closet going into the games, an Olympic first for Team USA.
They’ve also both been critical of the choice to make Vice President Mike Pence the leader of the U.S. delegation.
Hmm… Wonder why?
Kenworthy appeared on Ellen and said Pence’s presence sends a negative message, and Rippon has gotten into a back-and-forth with the VP on Twitter, leading Pence to label reports of his antigay past as “fake news.”
But it’s not just the gay thing Moody has a problem with–he seems to be against any celebration of diversity at all.
“In Olympics, let’s focus on the winner of the race – not the race of the winner,” the headline of his piece reads.
He goes on to criticize Jason Thompson, the US Olympic Committee’s director of diversity and inclusion, for speaking positively about the diversity of American athletes.
“We’re not quite where we want to be… I think full-on inclusion has always been a priority of Team USA,” Thompson said.
“I think everybody’s always felt it should represent every American.”
Moody has a different take:
“A USOC official was quoted this week expressing pride (what else?) about taking the most diverse U.S. squad ever to the Winter Olympics,” he says.
“That was followed by a, frankly, embarrassing laundry list of how many African-Americans, Asians and openly gay athletes are on this year’s U.S. team.
“No sport that we are aware of awards points – or medals – for skin color or sexual orientation,” Moody goes on.
“So, while uncomfortable, the question probably needs to be asked: were our Olympians selected because they’re the best at what they do, or because they’re the best publicity for our current obsession with having one each from Column A, B and C?” Moody asks.
(We’re pretty sure its because they’re the best at what they do. Moody certainly isn’t presenting any proof otherwise, just his thinly veiled racism.)
He adds: “Insisting that sports bow to political correctness by assigning teams quotas for race, religion or sexuality is like saying that professional basketball goals will be worth four points if achieved by a minority in that sport – white guys, for instance – instead of the two or three points awarded to black players, who make up 81 percent of the NBA.
“Any plans to fix that disparity? Didn’t think so.”
There is, of course, no such quota for US athletes.
He concludes with: “Sorry. ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’ still works better than ‘We win because we’re different.’”
Last we checked you can win while also celebrating diversity, or is he just bummed that straight whiteness isn’t the only thing being celebrated anymore?
UPDATE: In a statement emailed to Queerty (and we assume every other news outlet–there were a lot of them–that picked up Moody’s piece) a Fox News spokesperson issued the following statement:
“John Moody’s column does not reflect the views or values of Fox News and has been removed.”