Stephen Colbert Roasted Cam Newton for His Sexist B.S. | Media Hard

Stephen Colbert Roasted Cam Newton for His Sexist B.S.

At a press conference Wednesday, when a reporter asked Cam Newton about the routes another player was running, Newton laughed and said, “It’s funny to hear a female talk about ‘routes.'”

Then, he did a little surprised grimace, like his mind was blown by the situation presented to him: a woman discussing football tactics. “It’s funny,” he repeated.

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And that’s how we learned just how much Cam Newton respects women whose jobs it is to report on his sport. Jourdan Rodrigue, the reporter Newton spoke to so condescendingly, is a beat reporter for the Charlotte Observer, who knows more about “routes” than any 1,000 men off the street.

Unsurprisingly, the press conference didn’t play out well for Newton. Gatorade has issued a statement calling his remarks “objectionable and disrespectful” to women, and Dannon said it would “no longer work” with Newton. The company has begun the process of pulling ads that feature the Carolina quarterback hawking its Oikos Greek yogurt.

“It’s too bad,” Stephen Colbert said on his show last night while mocking Newton’s lost sponsorship. “It was funny seeing a male talk about yogurt.”

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Newton finally apologized Thursday night, saying, “I understand that my word choice was extremely degrading and disrespectful to women.” He also specifically addressed his two daughters, journalists, “super moms,” and “women all around the world” and asked for their forgiveness.

If only it hadn’t took an extreme public backlash and a lost sponsorship for him to realize that yeah, sexism is bad.

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Lifestyle – Esquire

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