SNL Late Night "Reallly!?!" roasts Sports Illustrated writer for tweet about women's sports

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Amy Poehler stopped by Late Night and she and Seth Meyers performed their classic segment 'Really? with Seth and Amy.' The two went after Sports Illustrated writer Andy Benoit who recently tweeted that women's soccer, and women's sports in general, weren't worth watching. I guess I'm not surprised 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, criticized Poehler. She then brought up a sports figure that gets a lot more coverage than most other athletes, saying, Women do have a lot in common with Lebron (James). We wear headbands. We love to travel. And much like Lebron in the finals, we often find ourselves asking 'hey can I get some help around here?'
Amy Poehler stopped by Late Night and she and Seth Meyers performed their classic segment 'Really? with Seth and Amy.' The two went after Sports Illustrated writer Andy Benoit who recently tweeted that women's soccer, and women's sports in general, weren't worth watching. I guess I'm not surprised 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, criticized Poehler. She then brought up a sports figure that gets a lot more coverage than most other athletes, saying, Women do have a lot in common with Lebron (James). We wear headbands. We love to travel. And much like Lebron in the finals, we often find ourselves asking 'hey can I get some help around here?'

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. 

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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?”

Jerry Hinnen previews the elimination match between USA and Colombia Monday night.
Jerry Hinnen previews the elimination match between USA and Colombia Monday night.

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. 

 

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