USA Today published an article last week exploring the subject of whether or not female Olympic athletes that wear makeup feel more empowered or comfortable during the competition. The Fox News show Sports Court decided to tackle the subject which led to statements like: “Why should I have to look at some chick’s zits?” made by media personality Bo Dietl.
The segment started with host Tamara Holder stating “We all know the old adage, ‘sex sell’”, indicative of the direction the conversation would go. In an attempt to get a male’s perspective, she invited Dietl and commentator Mark Simone on to get their opinions.
Simone insinuated that it’s all a show and looks matter a lot.
“The whole point of the Olympics, the whole reason for this training, for this work to get there, is product endorsements.” Simone declared.
However, a majority of the sports are not popular to the point that would athletes an opportunity to get major endorsement deal. Statements that most competitors are there to earn a major pay-off is false, especially for women, who make much less money than the male athletes.
In the article written by USA Today, the focus was on how wearing makeup might make a female athlete feel more empowered. In Fox News’s segment, Dietl – who called Michael Phelps “that skinny guy” because he couldn’t remember his name – said, “I like to see a person who wins that gold medal go up there and look beautiful.”
Dietl also told host Holder, “Look at you—you got great legs,” after asking her how she looks after she “crawls out of bed in the morning.”