The U.S. just advanced to the next round of the World Cup, but Ann Coulter is unimpressed with soccer. In a column for her website titled “America’s Favorite National Pastime: Hating Soccer,” she argues that the internationally beloved sport is inherently antithetical to her country’s system of values.
The conservative pundit compiled a list of reasons why hating the internationally beloved sport is not only a natural reaction to frequent low scores but also emblematic of liberal values she abhors.
“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,” Coulter said.
“In soccer, the blame is dispersed and almost no one scores anyway. There are no heroes, no losers, no accountability, and no child’s fragile self-esteem is bruised. There’s a reason perpetually alarmed women are called ‘soccer moms,” not “football moms.'”
Coulter faced heavy scrutiny after mocking first lady Michelle Obama’s heartfelt Twitter plea to “#BringBackOurGirls” from Nigeria, but that didn’t stop her from going after another of the left’s leading lady in her anti-soccer column.
“I resent the force-fed aspect of soccer. The same people trying to push soccer on Americans are the ones demanding that we love HBO’s ‘Girls,’ light-rail, Beyonce and Hillary Clinton,” Coulter argued, taking shots at an array of liberal targets. “The number of New York Times articles claiming soccer is ‘catching on’ is exceeded only by the ones pretending women’s basketball is fascinating.”
As TheWrap previously reported, World Cup soccer is catching fire, though perhaps not within the demographics she targets. In the USA’s match last week against Portugal, 18.9 million viewers turned into EPSN, but the event wasn’t exactly a hit in Middle America.
Is it because soccer is generally regarded as an international sport and there is a relative lack of diversity in the “red states” as compared to the larger markets on the coast?
Whatever the reason, we imagine Coulter is pleased. “Any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of the nation’s moral decay,” she asserted.
“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.”