It may not have been up for long, but on Friday, Fox News went live with a post that mocked America’s Olympic team’s diversity. In the article it said that the US Olympic Committee might as well adopt a new motto: “Darker, Gayer, Different.”
The piece was written by John Moody, who serves as the executive vice president and executive editor of Fox News, but was quickly greeted by anger from social media and fellow employees who called the piece racist, unnecessary, and unpatriotic.
Even Fox News turned against him and released a statement that said: “John Moody’s column does not reflect the views or values of Fox News and has been removed.”
The article’s headline caught the attention for its anti-diversity message: “In Olympics, let’s focus on the winner of the race — not the race of the winner.”
“No sport that we are aware of awards points — or medals — for skin color or sexual orientation,” Mr. Moody wrote.
“Were our Olympians selected because they’re the best at what they do,” he added, “or because they’re the best publicity for our current obsession with having one each from Column A, B and C?”