Liberals wanted U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps to give up the honor of carrying the American flag and leading his country’s athletes at the opening ceremony for the Rio Olympic games Friday night.
He’s the wrong color and the wrong sex.
After Phelps was chosen by his fellow Olympians, the U.S. Olympic Team tweeted:
Just 24 hours away! ⏰https://t.co/afA85LUPgf
— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) August 5, 2016
But coming in a close second to Phelps in the team’s vote was Ibtihaj Muhammad, a woman, an African-American and a Muslim to boot.
What could be better, some thought. Diversity, you know.
Leading the pack of naysayers was W. Kamau Bell, host of CNN’s “United Shades of America.” In a CNN op-ed, he described the swimming sensation as a “tall, successful, rich white guy” who clearly didn’t “need the honor.”
“With 22 Olympic medals, you are already the most decorated athlete in Olympic history,” he said.
But American fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad is a different story.
“Muhammad carrying the flag would be much bigger than your one moment,” Bell writes. “It would be a symbol for our country in this moment when we are mostly known for one of the most contentious, controversial, scandal-ridden, hateful, xenophobic, jingoistic, and just generally unlikable presidential elections in recent memory. This is at a time when we could use some more symbols of unity and togetherness.”
Bell referred to Muhammad as “a one-stop inclusion shop due to her race, sex and religion. Phelps, on the other hand was something else entirely.
“No offense, but right now America has enough tall, successful, rich white guys hogging the spotlight trying to make America great,” he said, in an obvious reference to Donald Trump.
Bell concluded by saying that Phelps’ stepping aside in favor of Muhammad was already a done deal.
“Again, thank you again for stepping aside for Ibtihaj Muhammad,” he wrote. “During these Olympics, you can win more medals to add to your all-time winning number of medals. But no medal will compare to making room for this.”
He was wrong on that one. Phelps carried the flag and led the delegation of American athletes at the opening ceremony.
So there we have it. Affirmative action should be adopted by the U.S. Olympic Committee — at least according to Bell. America took issue with this.
— VoiceAmericanPatriot (@BizNetSC) August 6, 2016
Michael Phelps Urged To Give Up Position As Olympic Flag Bearer. Next They’ll Want Him To Lose A Match To A Muslim. https://t.co/czJ5oFoSXX
— Dreamcatcher (@mikethenice1) August 6, 2016
— George Chase (@georgeokc) August 6, 2016
— Tang801 (@tang801) August 7, 2016
Liberals Wanted Phelps To Give His Flag Bearer Position To A Muslim Woman https://t.co/6qh0zsNd0n Liberals…all symbolism…no substance.
— fubaglady (@fubaglady) August 6, 2016
@fubaglady They rooted for the terrorists in the 72 Olympics in Munich also.
— Eric Meier (@rickster0224198) August 6, 2016