Shame on you and your xenophobia, @AnnCoulter! #WorldCup

How much longer can a columnist get away with xenophobic vitriol?

Of course I am talking about Ann Coulter, and her  hateful piece “Any growing interest in soccer a sign of nation’s moral decay“, which most likely she wrote in search of more publicity, feeding lies to the few people that still believe her.

I am going to actually take the time to demystify one by one each of the lies spewed by Coulter here:

“Individual achievement is not a big factor in soccer. In a real sport, players fumble passes, throw bricks and drop fly balls — all in front of a crowd. When baseball players strike out, they’re standing alone at the plate. But there’s also individual glory in home runs, touchdowns and slam-dunks.”

False. Last I checked, while soccer (like football, basketball, baseball) is a team sport, goals are scored by individuals. There are soccer superstars, both scoring goals and stopping them.

 

“Liberal moms like soccer because it’s a sport in which athletic talent finds so little expression that girls can play with boys. No serious sport is co-ed, even at the kindergarten level.”

Do I even need to comment on this? I wonder what women think about this comment by Coulter…

 

“Baseball and basketball present a constant threat of personal disgrace. In hockey, there are three or four fights a game — and it’s not a stroll on beach to be on ice with a puck flying around at 100 miles per hour. After a football game, ambulances carry off the wounded. After a soccer game, every player gets a ribbon and a juice box.”

False. You obviously hasn’t watched enough soccer games. Unfortunately, it can too cause a fair amount of injuries. This very graphic video shows some of the worst soccer injuries. But that is besides the point… We can see  much of your nature in this comment: you would rather see more fights, broken bones, and blood in sports. Reminds me of… yes! Gladiators in the coliseum!

 

“You can’t use your hands in soccer. (Thus eliminating the danger of having to catch a fly ball.) What sets man apart from the lesser beasts, besides a soul, is that we have opposable thumbs. Our hands can hold things.”

PRECISELY! Creating a challenge makes the game all the more fascinating and adds a level of difficulty that other sports don’t have to tackle with.

 

“I resent the force-fed aspect of soccer.”

Worry not: we don’t expect you to like it… but it’s kind of hard to like or dislike something when you haven’t even fully tried to understand it.

 

“It’s foreign. In fact, that’s the precise reason the Times is constantly hectoring Americans to love soccer. One group of sports fans with whom soccer is not “catching on” at all, is African-Americans. They remain distinctly unimpressed by the fact that the French like it.”

Here Coulter is showing her true colors, as a xenophobe. So, because it’s foreign it means we should dislike it? I guess she dislikes me, and 40 million other foreign-born Americans… because we too are foreign.

I feel as much an American as Coulter. I was not born here, but I CHOSE to become a US citizen, and the path to accomplishing this was not easy or quick. It took us 14 years since we arrived in the US, in 2000.

 

“If more “Americans” are watching soccer today, it’s only because of the demographic switch effected by Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration law. I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer. One can only hope that, in addition to learning English, these new Americans will drop their soccer fetish with time.”

Here you show how hateful and insecure you are. So, those who are not born here are not “American”? Those who don’t go back 4-5 generations are not “American”?
Your arguments are so weak and so full of vitriol, that they are almost laughable. One cannot show such contempt and promote hatred indefinitely without eventually being held accountable for it.

This tweet about Coulter perfectly summarizes my views about her piece: