Let’s just start by staying this is a stupid argument with moot points. Nevertheless, Fox News is a force and when they start bringing on a “motivational speaker” hawking a book entitled ‘Grow a Pair’ to debate the merits of yoga and how America is getting wussier, we can’t just sit idly by in sukhasana. As British electronica band Faithless once quothed, “Misinformation is a weapon of mass destruction.” In other words, pardon the rant.
So this all started, it seems, because ABC presented a story yesterday about the popularity of yoga and how it’s really getting big with the kiddies. In the story they called yoga “the fastest-growing sport in America, with 20 million people practicing.” ‘Sport?!’ squawked Fox News execs. Bring on the experts.
Of course they drag in the dude with the cowboy shirt and bald head spouting such sound bite-worthy phrase as “yoga nazis” and “wussification of America.” Take it away Larry Winget.
“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.”
Here’s the thing, no one’s arguing with you Winget, Fox and friends. (Well, maybe Bikram, but he’s used to scuffles.) Is yoga a sport? Moot. Who cares? Besides, according to these guys you need a ball to call it a sport, and that term should be reserved for tough things like…fishing or hunting? Oh, wait. Nevermind other popular ball-less sports like track and field, gymnastics, swimming, diving, wrestling, equestrian and any kind of racing. Again, moot. The point is yoga is getting popular but we’re all lazy wussies because “apparently we have a lot of time on our hands,” right Steve Doocy? Grrr. Goats have been gotten!
“It’s not just about yoga. You see a trend that’s disturrrbing,” eggs on co-host Doocy (emphasis, ours).
“I think it is a trend that is the wussification of American,” said Toughy McToughburger.
“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.”
Yes, lucky for us. Being tougher and more competitive is exactly what we need to teach kids in today’s world. Listen, no one’s trying to replace sports with yoga. The practice can offer tools for anger management, self-esteem and improved focus, to name a few. Totally lame, we know. Believe us, no one is threatening your competitive sport obsession, Larry. (We take it he missed the memo where super heroes and famous non-wussy athletes practice yoga.)
Honestly though, by the end of the clip we started to feel bad for the dude – who softens for a second and admits yoga is good for you – for getting dragged into what sounds like Fox vs ABC playground bullying. To Fox’s credit, the benefits of yoga are mentioned, but the condescending laughter is enough to twist your vrittis. Maybe they can settle it with a “real” sport like boxing, unless they don’t have the balls. ba-dum…