Fox News’ executive editor, John Moody, who is also Fox News’ executive vice president, said 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 that won’t work.”
Jason Thompson, the US Olympic Committee’s director of diversity and inclusion, who this week said the diverse nature of US athletes travelling to PyeongChang was a good start,
“We’re not quite where we want to be… I think full-on inclusion has always been a priority of Team USA. I think everybody’s always felt it should represent every American.”
Moody took issue with the statement saying,
“A USOC official was quoted this week expressing pride (what else?) about taking the most diverse U.S. squad ever to the Winter Olympics.”
Two gay U.S. Olympians have spoken out out at VP Mike Pence ahead of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games starting today. Freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy said Pence’s presence would send a negative message. He told Ellen this week that the Veep was a “bad fit” to lead the delegation.
Openly gay figure skater Adam Rippon challenged the veep’s stances on LGBT equality and said,
“I wouldn’t go out of my way to meet somebody like that. I don’t think he has a real concept of reality. To stand by some of the things that Donald Trump has said and for Mike Pence to say he’s a devout Christian man is completely contradictory.
If he’s okay with what’s being said about people and Americans and foreigners and about different countries that are being called shitholes,’ I think he should really go to church.”
#UPDATE: Fox News has removed the op-ed written about the 2018 Winter Games by John Moody after it has attracted widespread criticism, with a spokesperson telling media outlets in a statement that the piece of commentary did “not reflect the views or values” of the company.
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