2 Men Debated Whether Female Athletes Should Wear Makeup Even Though It's None of Their Business
By Deanna Pai
August 11, 2016 2:39 pm
At this year's Olympics, the makeup has been medal-worthy of its own. On the gymnastics team alone, there was Simone Biles' glittery eyeliner, Gabby Douglas' dark lipstick, and Laurie Hernandez's dewy AF skin. And look, while we enjoy a good floor routine as the next girl, we also love a dramatic eye look. Sorry, not sorry at all. Really, what's the big deal if female Olympians wear eyeliner? And who cares if they don't?
Apparently, these guys do. For some reason, Fox News decided to call a man council to discuss makeup's place in the Olympics on the network's Sport Court segment. Alongside host Tamara Holder, a radio host and a former NYPD detective debated the not-really-controversial choice to wear makeup during sporting events.
"The whole point of the Olympics...is product endorsements," said radio host Mark Simone. "Cosmetic companies are opening up a ton of revenue for product endorsements." Well, no, that's not actually the point of the Olympics, but okay. Sure, product endorsements are a perk for athletes, but to suggest endorsements are the main reason women show up to compete? Perhaps—and this is crazy—but perhaps an Olympic athlete is there because it's the Olympics.
"Why not a little blush on the lips? And cover those zits," said Bo Dietl, the retired NYPD detective. "I like to see a person who wins a gold medal and go up there and look beautiful." He suggested the men wear makeup too, calling out Michael Phelps in particular. The condescension here is absurd. When athletes wear makeup, it's to be patriotic, like Aly Raisman's blue eyeliner, or because it makes them feel more confident during competition. Or maybe because they just want to. It's probably not to please a random Fox News contributor or even the people watching at home.
Somehow, it got even worse from there. "We all have opinions, but when someone looks better, people support them more," added Dietl. "When you look like a washed-out rag, no one's gonna support you." We don't exactly know where he's getting his info from, but newsflash: "Attractiveness" doesn't affect your athletic ability and shouldn't be a measure of success (in whichever way you choose to define it). You're no better or worse an athlete—or heaven forbid, a person for that matter—based on how you look. We thought that was Common Sense/Human Decency 101, but here we are having to explain it.
To Holder's credit, she made a point of including quotes from female Olympians, including one from runner Shannon Rowbury: "You can be a strong, athletic, courageous woman and you can wear lipstick." And you can be a strong, athletic, courageous woman and not wear lipstick—because the choice to wear makeup is a personal one. That this debate even happened is beyond our comprehension. Can we live?
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