Fox News’ executive editor has said that the US Winter Olympics team is too gay to win medals.

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.’

John Moody (Getty)

“If your goal is to win medals,” he added, “that won’t work.”

Two gay US Olympians have hit out at Vice President Mike Pence ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games starting today.

Freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, who has been at the forefront of the US’s publicity campaign, said Pence’s presence would send a negative message.

MAMMOTH, CA - JANUARY 21: Gus Kenworthy reacts from the podium after finishing in second place in the final round of the Men's Freeski Slopestyle (AFP Platinum) during the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix on on January 21, 2018 in Mammoth, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Gus Kenworthy (Getty)

Speaking on The Ellen Show this week, Kenworthy called the Vice President a “bad fit” to lead the delegation.

And after gay figure skater Adam Rippon challenged the Vice President’s concerning stances on LGBT equality last month, Pence tweeted suggesting that the athlete had misled the public, and that his anti-gay record was “fake news”.

As Moody’s proposed new motto suggests, his Fox News editorial also focuses on the colour of US athletes’ skin.

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 07: Adam Rippon of The United States trains during Figure Skating practice ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 7, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Adam Rippon (Getty)

The headline announces this by stating: “In Olympics, let’s focus on the winner of the race – not the race of the winner”.

Moody berates Jason Thompson, the US Olympic Committee’s director of diversity and inclusion, who this week praised the diverse nature of US athletes travelling to PyeongChang.

“We’re not quite where we want to be… I think full-on inclusion has always been a priority of Team USA,” he said.

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: Vice President Mike Pence and wife Karen visit with guests at the USA House at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for USOC)
Mike Pence at the Olympics (Getty)

“I think everybody’s always felt it should represent every American.”

Moody has taken issue with this statement.

“A USOC official was quoted this week expressing pride (what else?) about taking the most diverse U.S. squad ever to the Winter Olympics,” he writes.

“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.

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: Flag bearer Erin Hamlin of the United States and teammates enter the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Pool - Frank Fife/Getty Images)
Team USA at today’s opening ceremony (Getty)

“No sport that we are aware of awards points – or medals – for skin color or sexual orientation,” Moody continues.

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He then bravely fights through his discomfort to wonder whether the 244 elite athletes on Team USA were chosen for the Games because of their skill, or their sexual orientation and race.

“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?” Moody writes.

He adds: “Insisting that sports bow to political correctness by assigning teams quotas for race, religion or sexuality is like saying that professional basketball goals will be worth four points if achieved by a minority in that sport – white guys, for instance – instead of the two or three points awarded to black players, who make up 81 percent of the NBA.

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: Members of the United States enter the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
The opening ceremony (Getty)

“Any plans to fix that disparity? Didn’t think so.”

There is no quota for US athletes competing in the Games.

He concludes by saying: “Sorry. ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’ still works better than ‘We win because we’re different.'”

Moody is seemingly unaware of the US’s motto, “E pluribus unum,” which means: “Out of many, one”.

Update:

A Fox News spokesperson said: “John Moody’s column does not reflect the views or values of FOX News and has been removed.”




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