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Fox News executive vice president John Moody has slammed the US Olympics team for being ‘darker, gayer, different’.
The executive editor at the conservative news channel has slammed the organizing committee for making the team more diverse.
Reactions have slammed Moody for racism and homophobia.
Fox News slams ‘darker, gay, different’ Team USA at Winter Olympics
Publishing an op-ed on Fox News, he blasted Team USA for making the Olympics less about ‘faster, higher, stronger’ and more about ‘darker, gayer, different’.
He began the column by quoting a USOC official who was proud this was the most diverse US team in Winter Olympics history.
He wrote the official went through an ’embarrassing laundry list of how many African-Americans, Asians and openly gay athletes are on this year’s US team’.
Moody added: ‘No sport that we are aware of awards points – or medals – for skin color or sexual orientation.
He continued to argue athletes were being picked for ‘PR reasons’ rather than merit.
This in despite that freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, for example, won silver at the Sochi Olympic Games four years ago.
‘Unless it’s changed overnight, the motto of the Olympics, since 1894, has been “Faster, Higher, Stronger”,’ he wrote.
‘It appears the US Olympic Committee would like to change that to ‘Darker, Gayer, Different.’
‘If your goal is to win medals, that won’t work.’
John Moody’s column slammed for being racist, homophobic
People on Twitter have slammed Moody’s column.
This is the dumbest thing I’ve read in ages, and these are the dumbest ages: In Olympics, let’s focus on the winner of the race — not the race of the winner https://t.co/jj0kIiEr21 #FoxNews
— Dave Holmes (@DaveHolmes) February 8, 2018
This is one of the most disgusting things I ever have read. Fox News executive editor: US Olympic motto should be ‘Darker, Gayer, Different’ https://t.co/gIKV7mGqre
— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) February 8, 2018
535 words to say “Make Olympics White Again”.
— Marc Ryan (@MarcinKeene) February 8, 2018
1790: “Liberté, égalité, fraternité”
2018: “Darker, gayer, different”https://t.co/awkXictgz7
— Glen Weldon (@ghweldon) February 9, 2018
He’s literally mad because on an Olympic team of 243 people, 10 each are black or Asian American — and two are openly gay.
4 percent, 4 percent, and <2%. But “a dream team should look more like the general population,” he says. https://t.co/HpixRJuDzH
— Greg Greene (@ggreeneva) February 8, 2018
UPDATE: A Fox News spokesperson said: ‘John Moody’s column does not reflect the views or values of Fox News and has been removed.’