Fox News Comments on Olympic Athletes and Their Makeup Habits
Last night was a major moment for female athletes at the Olympics. [Spoiler!] Swimmer Simone Manuel became the first black female to take the gold for swimming, and Simone Biles won gold in the women’s all-around for her incredible routine and flawless moves.
But guess what men are still talking about? Makeup.
We get it, the makeup and nails we’re seeing at the games have been giving us major inspo. Manuel’s patriotic nails only added to our love for her. And Biles’s sparkles on her eyes? So fun. But to make a big fuss about it? Shouldn’t TV news segments cover who won, how they trained, and which competitions are up next? Apparently not.
Fox News ran a segment with Tamara Holder several nights ago in which she questioned why women athletes were rocking lipstick (and accused them of “sexing it up.”) Sorry, our eyes just rolled out of our heads.
“The whole point of the Olympics, the whole reason for this training, for this work to get there, is product endorsements,” commentator Mark Simone said. Oh, silly us, we thought it was to compete, show off athletic prowess, and win. “Why should I have to look at some chick’s zits?” fellow commentator Bo Dietl added. Charming. He wants to see winners on the podium who look beautiful. Hear that ladies? Don’t win the gold if you don’t have the face for it.
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Dietl also wants everyone to “wear a little blush,” male athletes, too. “Michael Phelps, when he goes up there to accept his gold medal, put a little blush on it. Don’t look like a white rat.” Uh.
He also took time to tell the anchor she looked beautiful with makeup on. “What do you look like when you crawl out of bed in the morning?”
Oh, it gets worse, trust us. The entire discussion was based off a USA Today piece posing the same question. The article called wearing makeup empowering.
“I think it’s kind of cool to have that sort of badass feeling that you’re doing your sport and you’re really strong and powerful, but at the same time, you can feel really feminine and beautiful,” Ali Raisman told USA Today. “I think for me, having that combination is what makes me feel really confident.”
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To which we say, rock on girl. If someone wants to wear makeup during competition and on the podium, that’s up to that athlete. We don’t care if they’re men or women. Wear your nail polish and lipstick, or don’t. Kick butt while having oxblood colored lipstick, Gabby Douglas. You guys do you. And the same goes for the rest of us. If you want to wear makeup, wear it. If you don’t, don’t. It’s your life, live it how you want.
And now we need eye bleach after watching that video. Ugh.
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