On the eve of the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, a Fox News executive slammed the U.S. Olympic Committee for its attempts to make the team more diverse.
John Moody, the network’s executive editor and executive vice president, published an op-ed Wednesday that blasted Team USA for making the Olympics less about “faster, higher, stronger” and more about “darker, gayer, different.”
Writing on Foxnews.com, Moody began his column by quoting a USOC official who was proud that this was the most diverse U.S. team at the Winter Olympics. Moody wrote that the official went through a “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.”
Moody also argued that athletes were being picked for PR reasons rather than merit. He added: “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.”
Unsurprisingly, people on Twitter reacted negatively to Moody’s column.
— 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
Walking trash dye job, a dude so old white and straight he’s not even on Twitter, John Moody, took a break from his busy schedule of fellating Trump to ask that no one reminds him there are people who aren’t white, straight men. https://t.co/vNayYZv9WD
— Pete Forester (@pete_forester) February 8, 2018
This article originally appeared on THR.com.