“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 diverseU.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?”
In case you missed it, this is an editorial from Fox News, and against all odds, the author was not hiding behind a hood, though it may have been written by the light of a burning cross. Who knows?
Anyway, that was John Moody Fox News executive vice president and executive editor, so you know, he speaks for the network. He said this in his outdoor voice, too. In writing and not translated from 1930s German.
I don’t know how to write about things like this, I could mock his world view but it is too easy and in the end too depressing. It’s 2018 and we just heard something that was like a scene cut from one of the earliest episodes of Mad Men. (“Sissy athletes, who’s ever heard of such a thing?!”)
Moody doesn’t seem to think that minorities could possibly have made the team without a quota to give them an advantage. Moody is the guy who will say, “See? SEE!,” each time another country wins a medal, but who will be silent when Americans of color win anything. And rather than congratulate our out-and-proud athletes, he will say the event or even the sport is not, well, manly. Of course the sissies won!
And you can be sure, Moody is the guy who thinks every white guy losing a job has lost it to affirmative action, just like he thinks some white athlete was deprived of a spot on the US Olympics team.
I recall in the ’80s being advised to staple a picture of my grinning white face to my college applications and later to job applications, you know, so I could announce my whiteness without saying it. Moody is the guy who gives that advice.
And just to make things perfectly clear, I’ll conclude with the title of his piece so you can get the full grasp of his intent: “In Olympics, let’s focus on the winner of the race — not the race of the winner”
And that’s all you need to know about Mr. Moody: it’s all a joke. A racist’s joke.