Andy Benoit, a Sports Illustrated writer, recently sent off a series of tweets deriding women's sports as "not worth watching." (Yes, that, even despite the thrilling progress that the U.S. women's soccer team has made during the Women's World Cup.) But Benoit's misogynistic comments were expertly taken to task by Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers, who defended women's sports on Really!?!, a segment that instantly propelled us back to their Saturday Night Live days.
"I guess I'm not surprised that you work for Sports Illustrated," Poehler fired at Benoit. "You guys put out a Swimsuit Issue every year dedicated entirely to women who aren't in sports — unless you think it's a sport to cover both boobs with one arm."
Poehler then called out sports networks for relegating the broadcast of the Women's World Cup to secondary channels.
Come on, networks! You'll play six hours of pre-Kentucky Derby footage but you can't broadcast women's soccer? You think people would rather watch someone talk about hats than watch some badass American b*tches take down Colombia?"
Meyers went on to note that the U.S.-Columbia match pulled in 4.7 million viewers with hardly any publicity, a notable feat by any measure. But it was Poehler who delivered the final blow with a message for the SI writer. "No more tweeting, Benoit," she said. "You're too dumb."
Benoit later apologized on Twitter, but the damage was done and he was suitably made fun of. However, his earlier remarks are telling of many people's perception of women's sports — that it is, as Benoit so succinctly put it, "not worth watching." Hopefully, the U.S. women's soccer team — and level-headed people like Poehler and Meyers — can convince people otherwise.
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