Really? Do we seriously still need to defend women’s sports, people? Unfortunately yes, because there are sports journalists who are still struggling to accept these female athletes. Thank goodness, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers have these female athlete’s backs, because if it wasn’t addressed via comedy, would anyone really listen?
On Wednesday’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler came into the studio to do a SNL “Really!?!” segment. Andy Benoit, a Sports Illustrated writer was on the hot seat. Benoit tweeted that “women’s sports in general are not worth watching" after a tweet from Sports Illustrated Editor, Mark Mravic.
— Mark Mravic (@MarkMravic) June 22, 2015
Granted Mravic called Benoit out, but Benoit’s response was far from resposible. However Poehler explained Benoit’s ignorance by the pattern withtin the Sports Illustrated organization.
“You guys put out a swim suit issue every year dedicated entirely to women who aren’t in sports” Poehler said. Poehler’s reference here is Sports Illustrated famous “Swimsuit Edition” which dedicates an entire issue to women in tiny bikinis, because that’s athletic right?
Poehler and Meyers completely roast Benoit, but also dedicate their short segment to inform everyone about the lack of coverage the Women’s World Cup get’s compared to men’s sports.
“Why is Women’s World Cup on secondary channels?” Poehler asks. “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?”
Poehler discusses how the Women’s World Cup is played on Fox Sports 1 a channel no one knows about, no one has, nor anyone knows if they have it.
Despite the odd coverage, the United States against Colombia in the round of 16 brought in 4.7 viewers, proof that people are watching women’s soccer.
The United States take on China 7:30 ET Friday, and if Benoit has anything left to say, Poehler might send Serena Williams after him.
ESPN's Steven A. Smith was in a similar situation about a week ago when he was on SC Top 10 and made a comment about the German players not wanting to mess up their hair during a Norway free-kick. He apologized on twitter, similar to Benoit.