Amy Poehler Responded to a Critic of Women’s Sports and It’s Hilarious
Before I begin, I would like to shout a huge congratulations to the USA Women’s Soccer team on winning the 2015 FIFA World Cup! The immaculate win and incredible World Cup is a testament to how talented, skilled, and powerful female athletes are across the globe. See the highlights here.
The win also makes this post all the more sweet, and Amy Poehler’s reaction to a recent critic of women’s sports all the more hilarious.
The disparaging remark emerged between two Sports Illustrated employees discussing women’s sports on Twitter. Editor Mark Mravic first sent out this tweet:
Mravic sent out the tweet above on June 22nd, attaching a Vine of an amazing shot by Lucy Bronze. In this tweet, Mravic included fellow Sports Illustrated analyst Andy Benoit, who replied:
Of course, this tweet sparked outrage and Benoit later removed it from his timeline. A professional sports analyst and contributor to a professional sports magazine diminishing all female athletes?
Although Benoit quickly removed the post, this didn’t stop Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler from giving their two cents on Meyers’ late night show. With a segment entitled “Really?!”, the duo roasted Benoit and simultaneously defended women’s sports.
Poehler jokes, “I guess I’m not surprised that you work for Sports Illustrated. You guys put out a swimsuit issue every year dedicated entirely to women who aren’t in sports — unless you think that it’s a sport to cover both boobs with one arm.”
She also targeted networks for broadcasting women’s soccer on Fox Sports One (“Nobody gets Fox Sports One!”) instead of primary sports channels. Poehler pointed out that they will play hours of pre-Kentucky Derby footage on those same networks that do not air women’s soccer.
She states: “You think people would rather watch someone talk about hats than watch some bada** American b****es take down Colombia?!” *cue crowd roaring in agreement*
Seth Meyers also pointed out that the women’s USA vs. Colombia game brought in 4.7 million viewers with very little publicity. So who thinks it’s not worth watching, huh?
Benoit later tweeted out an apology, and acknowledged the roast:
Oh, Benoit. At least you know now.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: AMY VAUGHN
As a Montclair State University graduate with a BA in English, my first love is writing, specifically nonfiction and short stories. International human rights and women’s rights are also strong passions of mine. I hope to someday be able to call myself Chief Editor, human rights advocate, and jewelry designer. I can’t live without Mad Men (er, Netflix), soy chai lattes, or my adorable Wheaten terrier, Pippin.