Fox News hosts mock U.S. Olympic team for looking French

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 13:23 EDT
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U.S. Olympics athletes show off their Ralph Lauren-designed uniforms. Screenshot via RalphLauren.com.
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The morning troupe at Fox & Friends took a few moments out of reporting news stories on Wednesday to, strangely enough, mock the U.S. Olympic team.

Reacting to an opening ceremony uniform by U.S. fashion designer Ralph Lauren, co-host Steve Doocy asked why they’re wearing berets instead of baseball caps or cowboy hats.

“Or why not do something very American and go topless?” he added. “Why not snap-backs featuring an eagle feverishly devouring Jerry Lewis?”

“Is this the new American trend now?” co-host Gretchen Carlson asked. “And you have to pronounce [beret] that way, too — that’s the French way.”

Of course, were one to pronounce “beret” as it appears to English-speakers, many would assume the entire American team was to wear barrettes, clips used to secure long hair that are, indeed, popular with female gymnasts at the games.

Lauren is also not the first clothing designer to pick berets for the U.S. Olympic team. The Seattle Times noted that berets were worn by American athletes in the 2002 winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah — organized by none other than former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R).

The headwear has also been used by the U.S. Army for more than 50 years, and is considered a symbol of “excellence,” according to a military website.

It’s not clear whether that also means the hosts of Fox & Friends also think the U.S. Green Berets look too French.

This video was broadcast by The Fox News Channel on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, as snipped by liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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