In an Olympic year that saw North Korea and South Korea, nations torn apart by war and social differences, come together under a united Korean flag for the sake of good-spirited competition, a higher-up at Fox News is hung up on how diverse the American team is.
In a since-deleted op-ed from Fox News Executive Editor and Vice President John Moody, the exec fires back at a Washington Post article praising this year’s delegation from the United States. The Post article’s headline reads: “Trying to Make Team USA Look More Like America” and, though it is admittedly still “overwhelmingly white,” it seems like we’re headed in the right direction to include exceptional athletes of varying races and backgrounds. Moody thought differently.
“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?”
Since the post’s removal, a Fox News spokesperson said: “John Moody’s column does not reflect the views or values of Fox News and has been removed.” The Olympics officially began this week and the opening ceremonies will air at 8 p.m. eastern tonight on NBC.