A Fox executive wrote an ignorant homophobic racist column complaining that the U.S. Olympic team was too black and too gay. It was so bad that Fox was finally forced to delete it.
Fox hasn’t exactly shied away from posting pieces full of racism and bigotry. So you know something is really bad if even Fox won’t air it. Or maybe they were just shamed into removing this disgusting article. But either way, they finally took it down.
On Wednesday, Fox executive vice president John Moody wrote an op-ed piece for FoxNews.com complaining about the diversity on this year’s Olympic team.
“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, that won’t work.
A USOC official was quoted this week expressing pride (what else?) about taking the most diverse U.S. squad ever to the Winter Olympics. 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.
For the current USOC, a dream team should look more like the general population. 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?”
This year’s Team USA is the most diverse group we’ve ever sent to the winter games, but it’s hardly an ideal representation of minorities in this country. As the Washington Post points out, out of 243 athletes two men are openly gay, “10 are African American — 4 percent — and another 10 are Asian American. The rest, by and large, are white.”
As you can imagine, Fox got major backlash about Moody’s article. So much so that by Friday afternoon Fox deleted the entire thing.
In a statement on Friday Fox said, “John Moody’s column does not reflect the views or values of FOX News and has been removed.”
Gay rights groups were furious about the piece. The president and CEO of GLAAD, Kate Ellis, said, “The executive vice president of Fox News targeted some of our nation’s top athletes with vicious anti-LGBTQ and biased rhetoric at what should be the proudest moment of their lives.”
“These athletes are at the Olympics because they already won by qualifying to represent the United States on the world’s stage; and they did so despite facing discrimination from places like Fox News throughout their careers. Moody should not only apologize to the athletes and fans for this disgraceful post, but Fox News should open their site for diverse athletes to share their own personal stories and perspectives.”
It’s good that Fox finally deleted the piece. It never should’ve been published in the first place.