fox news on “yoga nazis” and “the wussification of america”

Jan 3, 2013 by

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This might just be the first time I’ve ever agreed with anything on Fox News.

The hosts of Fox & Friends talked to motivational speaker Larry Winget, author of Your Kids Are Your Own Fault, about a crucial question: Is yoga a sport?

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.

4 Comments

  1. Brenda P.

    …boy, Bikram’s going to hate hearing that. No one keeping score!

  2. “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.”

    and people take what’s on Fox seriously? I mean, other than Tea Baggers and Rethuglicans?

    toughen up? really? I saw naga babas at the Kumbh Mela throw Indian cops into the Ganges when they got pissed. and their yoga practice is NOT asana based.

    I’d like to see this guy live up in the Himalayas in just a loin cloth. we’ll see who’s a wuss then.

  3. Fox news is the manifestation of everything evil in the united states. I don’t read anything to do with them because it is poison. I anticipate this thread will become resentful and full of anger. That is the effect they are looking to have on the world and they succeed.

  4. Doug Percival

    Winget said: “Sports teach us winning and losing, and life is about winning and losing.”

    Um, no. Life is not “about winning and losing”.

    That’s one of the things that yoga teaches us.

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