Fox News is up to their old tricks again!
As much as the majority of America loves Gabby Douglas for bringing home the gold medal in gymnastics and being a shining example for all young African American women, Fox decided to focus on what she was wearing.
Calling her hot pink leotard anti-American may have been the icing on a pointless cake. After the young lady put so much work into winning a gold medal for the U.S., and wore a jacket with the American flag to accept the gold medal, Fox News brought in Sirius/XM radio host David Webb to criticize her for not wearing more red, white and blue while she was doing her routine.
It’s not enough for her to have won the gold medal for a country that didn’t actually pay for her uniform, apparently she also has to wear colors that are represented in the flags of 30+ other countries.
On last week’s “America Live,” guest-host Alisyn Camerota discussed how “some folks” noticed that the “famous flag-styled outfits” of Olympics past were replaced by “yellow shirts, grey track suits and pink leotards” at the London games.
“You know, Gabby had that great moment, and everyone was so excited, and she’s in hot pink — and that’s her prerogative,” Camerota said. Webb, who hosts a program on Sirius/XM’s “Patriot” channel, wondered, “What’s wrong with showing some pride?” He likened the uniform choice to a “kind of soft anti-American feeling that Americans can’t show their exceptionalism.” Camerota pointed out how other nations, like China, wore nationalistic colors.
“We’re a very nationalistic nation,” Webb said of America. “But we’ve also lost over time that jingoistic feeling.”
Fox successfully made this non-issue into an issue for the Right Wing to get all hot and bothered about. This is not the first time an athlete wasn’t draped in red, white and blue, and it probably won’t be the last.
What do you think? Was Gabby’s outfit anti-American, or is Fox making something out of nothing?