Fox News Removes Exec's "Darker, Gayer" Olympics Column After Uproar

The Hollywood Reporter | 2/9/2018 | Jeremy Barr
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Three gay rights organizations had criticized the piece.

Fox News has removed an online column by executive vp and executive editor John Moody following intense criticism online and from gay rights activists, who roundly attacked the piece.

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"John Moody’s column does not reflect the views or values of FOX News and has been removed," the network said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Friday afternoon.

Objecting to an effort to attract more diverse U.S. Olympians for the Winter games, Moody had written on Wednesday: "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."

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He added, "Complaining that every team isn’t a rainbow of political correctness defeats the purpose of sports, which is competition. At the Olympic level, not everyone is a winner. Not everyone gets a little plastic trophy to take home."

The response to the piece was shaped in part by Moody's lofty title. He's been with Fox News with the beginning, though a network insider cautioned that he has no editorial oversight on any platform. As a result of his status and experience at the network, the column was not put through the proper vetting process, this individual said.

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Three gay rights organizations had provided statements to THR on Friday criticizing the piece.

"The executive vice president of Fox News targeted some of our nation’s top athletes with vicious anti-LGBTQ and biased rhetoric at what should be the proudest...
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