You would expect the U.S. Women’s World Cup victory would be one thing Fox News would not use as a divisive political weapon, right? Wrong!
Fox used the joyous occasion as an excuse to whine about Professor Amy Bass who called it a win for women and Title IX.
Outnumbered cohost Kennedy said, “One professor who has written quite a lot about the history of sport says quote, ‘The U.S. men’s team pales in comparison to the accomplishment of the women, who have, inarguably, the greatest women’s soccer program in the world. ...The march of the United States to a third historic title is a big deal for women’s sports in this country, a solidification of the legacy that Title IX began in the early 1970s.’”
Kennedy asked the show’s #OneLuckyGuy, former Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill, “So, Rob you’re the dude. Do you credit Title IX with the dominance of U.S. women’s soccer?”
O’Neill avoided complaining about the professor’s comments. He diplomatically talked about how great the win was, instead.
So cohost Harris Faulkner picked up the slack. She complained, “Is it just me or did the professor’s comments, they just make me feel like they’re marginalizing what just happened. Like you don’t have to put it in the women’s box, you can keep it in the American box.”
“Keep it in the sporting box,” Kenned agreed.
“Why do you have to make everything about gender and race?” Faulkner continued. “Can’t it just be awesome? Like, does it always have to be about that?”
Cohost Jedediah Bila offered a response. “I think because women have struggled for recognition in sports for a really long time,” she explained. “Look at tennis. There have been some, definitely some successes. But if you look at, like the WNBA, you go to those games you never feel like people get excited about that in the same way that they get excited about men’s basketball. So I think there’s a hope when you see something like this that it will become more common across other sports.”
Andrea Tantaros chimed in to agree with Faulkner. “Camille Paglia was right. We see everything through the prism of race and gender. And so that’s why everyone is talking about this women’s achievements.”
Tantaros then gave a shoutout to her political BFFs. “Thanks to Richard Nixon, a Republican, we had Title IX and women have only been in sports for a short period of time, if you think about it, compared to the men and look how awesome they’re doing.”
Although Outnumbered’s format features four women cohosts with one male guest, the show is clearly geared toward reassuring men that they still rule. It was telling that in this case, it was the women regulars, alone, who objected to someone cheering on their own gender.
Watch it below, from the July 6 Outnumbered.
I played and coached soccer in Vail and Avon, Colorado for over 25 years. Our Master’s team informally trained and scrimmaged with the Vail women’s team, which included some U.S. Ski Team members.
Andrea Tanteros is a bimbo and a diuchebag wuss , and I am a wicked smart objective journalist from the same university that laughed at Sarah Palin.
USA! USA! ¡Campeones!