Sean Hannity Defends Female Olympians Against Racist, Sexist Attacks
Fox News host Sean Hannity fiercely defended Olympians Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka on Tuesday after days of vicious criticism, sexist, and racist attacks on the two female athletes by right-wing commentators and internet trolls.
Biles quit her gymnastics team last week due to mental health issues, however, she returned to compete and won a Bronze medal. Osaka had suspended her participation in the French Open in May but she rejoined the Tokyo Olympics last week. Both women had attributed concerns over their respective mental health for their abrupt departures.
Hannity urged his viewers to demonstrate compassion toward the exceptionally gifted athletes.
“To be honest, and this may surprise you, I’m kind of shocked people have actually been so mean and cruel in many cases. Passing judgment of both these incredible female athletes. Can we just be a little more respectful? All of us need to take a deep breath, relax, reset, move forward. These young women have both sacrificed years and years, over a decade of their life to become some of the greatest athletes in their respective sports,” Hannity said.
“No, I don’t want anyone to quit or step away,” he continued. “We always want to fight through fear and adversity. But…none of us ever know what someone, especially any young person, what they might be going through that you don’t know about. You just don’t know. They are under tremendous pressure. And I’m sorry, but some people seem pretty heartless in their comments.”