Why Coulter Trashed Soccer and What It Reveals About Coulter
With her second soccer column, Coulter performed a strategic retreat without retracting anything. Whereas her first column emphasized the foreign – the anti-American – nature of soccer, the second placed far greater emphasis on its un-masculine nature and boring qualities. Both columns asserted that soccer is not a real “sport,” just as some say that Coulter is not a real “journalist.”
As noted in my commentary on her first column, “Coulter’s Soccer Flop,” her polemic against soccer exhibited shoddy journalism – she was incorrect in every significant point – and expressed a xenophobic spirit. All of her commentary on soccer exposes her ignorance of that sport, one she clearly detests and can’t comprehend because it is so foreign to her. (This is surprising as she is a world traveler who, as a child, spend her summers in Europe.)
Montserrat Algarabel is representative of bloggers critical of Coulter. She makes a number of salient points in response to Coulter’s assertions, among them:
- Coulter claimed soccer fans become violent because they’re bored, which, Algarabel notes, is “psychologically, sociologically, culturally, and even historically inaccurate.”
- As to Coulter’s claim that soccer is a sissy’s game because there is no danger of injury, many players have died or been maimed as a result of playing.
- Coulter’s confusion over how much time is left in a game prompted this suggestion: “Just look at the clock on the screen and heed the referee’s announcements.”
Coulter’s Soccer Tweets
Before continuing with an analysis of Coulter’s commentary – the root causes of her hatred of soccer – here are Coulter’s tweets regarding that sport (so you don’t have to search for them). These will give you a sense of the flavor of her humor and of her low regard for both soccer and liberals. Pay especially close attention to her sixth tweet.
Anti-soccer evidence pours in! Smug creep at IRS, John Koskinen, served as President of the U.S. Soccer Foundation from 2004-2008.
More evidence soccer is for girls. Player from Uraguay caught BITING an opponent yesterday. Not punching. Not a cross-body block. BITING!
I’m on @seanhannity tonight from Paris, where I am not watching the Germany-Algeria game.
Doing the job Americans just won’t do: Immigrants fill up roster of “U.S.” soccer team – bit.ly/TOADlO
WAPO: “only a measly 17% of Americans are watching the World Cup very closely” – wapo.st/1qfBIj4 100% R unatheletic journalists.
NEW COLUMN IS POSTED! SOCCER: PART DEUX -www.anncoulter.com
Coulter’s tweet (July 2nd) on the U.S. soccer team being composed of immigrants was as wrong as Pelosi’s tweet from over two weeks earlier. Christine Rousselle reports:
“While five members of the team were born and raised in Germany, four of those are the sons of U.S. servicemen who were stationed there and were granted U.S. citizenship at birth because at least one of their parents is an American citizen. Another, Mix Diskerud, was born to an American mother in Norway. The others featured in [Pelosi’s] tweet are first-generation Americans who were all born on U.S. soil, making them U.S. citizens by default. They are not immigrants and never had to undergo a naturalization process – their parents did.”
But in Coulter’s mind – despite the furor caused over Pelosi’s erroneous tweet – anyone with a foreign-sounding name or non-American family members can’t be a real American. So, let’s call them all immigrants and lump them into the current immigration crisis.
Coulter condemns soccer as a foreign, European, socialist, and liberal phony “sport” designed to subvert American morality. She encapsulated her thesis in two words: “It’s foreign” – the very definition of xenophobia. (Yet, Coulter loves Mexican food – prepared by foreigners, those immigrants she so despises.)
A number of commentators took Coulter to task for her xenophobia:
- “Releasing a reactionary hit piece on the next great American success story is not constructive to the cause.”
- “… we turn to the last paragraph of her column, where we observe some deep-seated xenophobia: … This xenophobic tone can be explained in one way and one way only: she’s literally scared of the foreign.”
- “… (like many on the far right, Coulter takes pride in endorsing xenophobia).”
Notice that Coulter’s words tarnish conservatism!
Coulter has been immigration obsessed since the mid-1990s. From 1994-1996, Coulter worked for the Senate Judiciary Committee. As Coulter recently explained on Hannity:
“When I worked for Senate Judiciary Committee this was my issue. It wasn’t at all for illegal immigrants. It was for immigrants who come to this country and commit felonies. They’re convicted. Their convictions are upheld. If they committed an aggravated felony the law said they were supposed to serve time and then be deported. At that time, they were being deported at a rate of four percent a year because they could go into endless hearing. Once they finished all the immigration hearings they could have their habeas corpus hearings. That’s, you know, a decade in the United States, at which point they’ve married and then they throw themselves on the mercy of the court, saying, ‘Oh, but I have an American spouse, I have an American child.’ Well, that is because you’ve been living here.”
Coulter offered her expertise on MSNBC in 1996, claiming, “Democrats don’t want all immigrants. What they want is welfare recipient immigrants, which is why they’ve rigged the rules.” Even then, Coulter demonstrated her bias against foreigners from non-white nations, adding, “It’s extremely difficult to come in if you’re coming from a Western European country. However, if you are from a Third World country, ‘Welcome.’ If your genetic ancestors did not invent the wheel, ‘Oh, well, let them come in.’ But they’re the natural Democratic voters.”
Coulter’s disdain for Third World countries in 1996 was mirrored in her commentary last week, when she wrote: “The only risk of death in a soccer game is when some Third World peasant goes on a murderous rampage after a bad call.”
Third World peasant.
Classic Coulter. A xenophobic elite.
In 1996, Coulter commended America’s colonists, saying, “The reason this country has ended up with such stellar immigrants throughout the years, is that, absolutely – stellar … [they were] religious protesters.”
As an American who champions an American exceptionalism which arose from our Judeo-Christian heritage, I appreciate Coulter’s perspective on our Founding Fathers. But Coulter goes many steps further, especially in light of her own family pedigree. Her ancestry goes back to the Puritans.
Coulter takes our present-day immigration crisis personally. And a racial tinge inhabits her worldview. Her commentary consistently alludes to the racial composition of new (legal and illegal) immigrants. In contrast, the colonial immigrants that were “stellar” immigrants from Western Europe were her people. These foreigners from other parts of the world are interlopers.
Coulter’s narcissism and elitism are noticeable in both of these columns as well.
One blogger provided an accurate psychological critique of Coulter: “Every inch of her is covered with the criticism-resistant armor of narcissism, Teflon-grade shamelessness, Kevlar-quality self-confidence so unearned as to be unfathomable.”
He continues, “When Ann Coulter doesn’t like something, that thing is immoral and un-American. That means Ann Coulter’s caprices, tastes, and predilections are, for Ann Coulter, the guiding lights of Americanness.”
Precisely! Coulter, in her mind, embodies what it means to be an American. Her pedigree tells her so.
He adds, “Point of fact, soccer from England. But the point isn’t the origin, for Coulter. Foreignness is a class- and race-based criteria for discrimination: you know who to hate by knowing what they like!”
Coulter took traits she believes characterize liberals and superimposed them on soccer and, then, exclaimed, “Voila! See, soccer is evil!”
Consistently, since before 9/11, Coulter has denigrated those with whom she disagrees, disparaging women as “soccer moms” and men as wimps, sissies, girly-boys, pantywaists, and the like. Intriguingly, Coulter’s dispersions against liberals typically contain what she would regard as feminine or effeminate qualities.
As with immigration, Coulter also has a split personality on “soccer moms.” In 1996, she claimed real soccer moms are Christian conservatives, saying, “The real-life soccer moms I know are all members of the Christian Coalition, They’re right-wing crazies.” As for liberal soccer moms, you know, the fake ones, well, she has much to say.
Two columns from the beginning of this century are worth examining. The first essay utterly trashed liberal soccer moms. It’s sentiments were summarized by its title, “No shadow of a doubt – liberal women are worthless.” Unmistakably pejorative. (If they are worthless, then Coulter’s frequent death threats take on even greater significance.)
What is Coulter’s vision of a typical liberal soccer mom? “They sit at home waiting for their husbands to bring home the money, or toil away at little jobs dreamed up to assuage the egos of bourgeois women living in the suburbs.”
Coulter’s ego required her to add a parenthetical remark lifting herself up: “(I eagerly await such a station in life. But when I’m there, I won’t forget how horrible – horrible – it was to wake up to an alarm clock, respond to bosses, and be responsible for my own rent.)”
Her peculiar historical revisionism is astonishing: “As a class, women have never borne collective responsibility for work, they have never had to store food for the winter, and they have not generated economic growth.” Did Coulter’s female Puritan ancestors sit around all day watching soap operas?
For Coulter, “Liberal suburban soccer moms are impervious to logic.”
The second Coulter essay addressed here likened both liberal men and women to emasculated eunuchs, calling them “girls.” Her essay title: “The eunuchs are whining.” Perhaps they were also throwing “hissy-fits.”
Echoing her claim that “Liberal suburban soccer moms are impervious to logic,” Coulter declared, “Liberal soccer moms are precisely as likely to receive anthrax in the mail as to develop a capacity for linear thinking.”
Speaking of all liberals, Coulter wrote of “stereotypes of liberals as mincing pantywaists” who “whine.” They are hysterical, scared girls.
Note her misogynistic argument here (and throughout her essay): “Women – and I don’t mean to limit that to the biological sense – always become hysterical at the first sign of trouble. They have no capacity to solve problems, so instead they fret.”
Contrasting liberals and conservatives, Coulter contended: “Men are out in the driving rain trying to change a tire, while the womenfolk sit in a warm roadside cafe demanding to know what’s taking so long. Just pipe down! The men are working as fast as they can.” Coulter succinctly concluded her essay: “You just stay warm, girls … the men are fixing the car.”
Would that make Ann a man whose fixing Western Civilization? Yes! Coulter declared, “I’m more of a man than any liberal.”
Coulter appeared on Inside Edition to defend both of her anti-soccer screeds. Coulter explained her underlying motivation for writing those columns: “What got my gourd was the force-fed nature of it. Every year I have to read in The New York Times, ‘Soccer is catching on!’ Take 27, ‘Soccer is catching on!’ No it’s not! Americans hate soccer!”
The utter indefensibility of her position is self-evident in that demonstrably false statement which expressed the animating animus for her rants.
No one is forcing anyone to watch soccer – or anything else. Countless sports channels offer a dizzying variety of programming to suit any taste. No one forced anyone to participate in block parties across the nation, or view soccer in sports bar, or gravitate to TV sets in stores and malls. And, most indisputably, Americans don’t “hate soccer.” OK, in Coulter’s worldview, “real Americans” do.
Part III continues this examination of Coulter’s espoused hatred for soccer (and liberals), its roots, its implications, and its consequences.
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 Christine Rousselle, “Nancy Pelosi’s Twitter Calls Natural-Born Citizens ‘Immigrants’ in Latest Fail,” Townhall, 6/17/14, http://townhall.com/tipsheet/christinerousselle/2014/06/17/nancy-pelosis-twitter-calls-naturalborn-citizens-immigrants-in-latest-fail-n1852664.
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