CNN host upset Phelps chosen to carry flag. It’s not exactly like he was chosen; he was voted to carry the flag by the members of the US team. But what does that matter when you have a chance to be divisive and spew a nice fat load of politically correct propaganda.
Not only did the CNN host seem to find the teams democratically elected choice offensive, but also representative of what he deemed to be “hateful, xenophobic, and jingoistic.”
But the icing on the cake was that he suggested the Phelps was not qualified to carry the flag because he had been caught smoking pot, something the Left has been pushing hard for a long time to be legalized, as it should be in a truly free country (even a broken clock is right twice a day).
CNN Host Slams America’s Greatest Olympian Ever For Not Being Black, Muslim Woman
From Zero Hedge
Michael Phelps may be the greatest Olympian the world has ever known but for CNN host W. Kamau Bell, he is just a “tall, successful, rich white guy” who clearly didn’t “need the honor” of being chosen by his athlete peers as America’s flag-bearer. Instead, Bell exclaims, Ibtihaj Muhammad, a woman, an African-American and a Muslim to boot, should have been chosen because “right now America has enough tall, successful, rich white guys hogging the spotlight trying to make America great.”
After Phelps was chosen by his fellow Olympians, the U.S. Olympic Team tweeted proudly….
Just 24 hours away! ⏰https://t.co/afA85LUPgf
— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) August 5, 2016
But American fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad is a different story . . . a woman, an African-American and a Muslim to boot. . . . (more)
Here’s an excerpt of what Mr. Bell said:
(CNN)Dear Michael Phelps,
Thank you! I really appreciate the fact that you have made — or will make — the right choice here. You haven’t announced it yet, but I’m sure you will soon.
I know you have a big machine behind you. With The Olympics coming up, it must be extremely hectic around you right now. It has to be difficult to contact all your trainers, coaches, business managers, talent managers, Hollywood agents, sponsors, counsellors, associated charities, foundations, staff, assistants, friends, family, boys clubs, and girls clubs to let them know that you have turned down such an honor.
Obviously, I am talking about what I hope will be your decision to decline the position as flag bearer in opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro on Friday. While you haven’t said this yet, I’m sure this is what you are going to do, because you are not only an Olympic hero, you are — by medal count — the Olympic hero. And yes, being asked to carry the flag is a big deal. I’m betting that even a star of your magnitude is still feeling the glow of being voted to carry the flag by your Olympic peers. But I know that you must know that there is a better choice to carry the flag — the athlete who came in second to you in the vote for flag bearer, fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.
It shouldn’t be a big deal for you to give up your spot. For one thing, according to the Los Angeles Times, the vote was close. So Muhammad must have lots of fans among the athletes. And also, let’s be real here, Michael. It’s not like you need the honor.
With 22 Olympic medals, you are already the most decorated athlete in Olympic history. You already know how America feels about you. We even forgave that youthful indiscretion of being photographed smoking from a water pipe of the type that is often used for smoking marijuana. And we have forgiven those other youthful indiscretions (even the one that happened two years ago when you weren’t that youthful). . . . (more)