fox news on “yoga nazis” and “the wussification of america”
This might just be the first time I’ve ever agreed with anything on Fox News.
Winget obviously thinks yoga isn’t a sport. I have to say, I agree with this. Although for completely different reasons.
The conversation was a response to an ABC News report that claimed yoga is “the fastest-growing sport in America.” It was also a less subtle response to the recent national drama about yoga in elementary schools, where the parents in Encinatas, California expressed outrage over a district-wide yoga program in schools.
The folks at Raw Story transcribed the interview:
“I think Yoga’s amazing, I think it’s wonderful,” Winget said sarcastically as co-host Steve Doocy giggled. “I’m going to say that because I don’t want all those yoga Nazis coming after me on this thing. Listen, I think it’s a great supplement to a real sport, but it’s certainly not a sport.”
“It’s not a sport,” Doocy agreed. “It’s stretching, it’s meditation, it’s a discipline. But it’s not a sport!”
“Listen, if nobody’s keeping score, it’s ain’t a sport,” Winget observed.
Co-host Alisyn Camerota wondered if parents needed “a little more Zen in their lives” instead of “going ballistic on the sidelines of soccer fields.”
“You know, that’s just stupid parents,” Winget insisted. “Sports teach us winning and losing, and life is about winning and losing. It’s competitive. And we need to teach those things at a very young age with a real sport. And a sport usually involves a ball of some type.”
“I think it is a trend that is the wussification of American,” the “pitbull of personal development” added. “Luckily, I’ve got a new book coming out this fall called ‘Grow a Pair’ that deals with that very thing, that we need to toughen up and stand up for ourselves and learn to be a lot tougher than yoga’s going to teach us to do all by ourselves.”
Doocy distilled Winget’s argument to a single sentence: “If you want to have a sport, you need to have a ball.”
I can’t seem to embed the video, but you can watch it here. And you really should watch it, because it is awesome.