Two men on Fox News debated whether female Olympians should wear makeup. It's as infuriating as it sounds.
Fox News is a network known for its sexism and gross male behavior, so it probably shouldn't come as a shock that on a recent episode of its show Sports Court, two men came together to debate whether or not female Olympians should wear makeup while they're competing.
The segment is bad from the get-go. It starts with the host saying, "We all know the old adage 'sex sells,' well, now, female Olympians are sexing it up more than ever by wearing makeup during their competitions. Some say this is about empowerment, well, really? Do women who are elite athletes need to wear makeup to feel stronger, or is it simply a fashion statement?"
And who better to answer that question than two men, specifically a radio host and a former NYPD detective? One seems convinced that the only reason women train so hard to make it to the Olympics is so they can get endorsement deals from cosmetic companies, and the other just wants female athletes to "cover their zits."
There are so many things wrong with this. Leave it to Fox to undermine the athletic accomplishments of women in the Olympics while simultaneously telling them they aren't pretty enough. It is truly infuriating.