CNN Anchor Didn’t Want Michael Phelps to Carry Flag – Asked Him to Let Muslim Carry It
Before the Opening Ceremonies on Friday CNN host W. Kamau Bell made a request to world famous Olympian Michael Phelps.
Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time with 18 gold medals and 22 medals in total. Obviously, Phelps has worked very hard since his childhood to become the best in the world.
But effort and hard work means nothing in this day and age of political correctness.
“What I’m trying to say is that as far as America is concerned, you are a golden boy … literally. You getting the opportunity to carry the flag is like Michael Jordan getting a free pair of Nike sneakers.
You are both the living embodiment of the “honor” you are getting.
To put it another way, in the Make-Your-Own-Ice-Cream-Sundae-Bar of life, your sundae is lousy with hot fudge, butterscotch, strawberry sauce, whipped cream, nuts, sprinkles, extra scoops of ice cream, and so many Maraschino cherries that 5-year-old kids with mouthfuls of Maraschino cherries yell as you pass by, “THAT’S TOO MANY CHERRIES!”
And that’s why I would be proud of you for giving up your position to Ibtihaj Muhammad. Muhammad carrying the flag would be much bigger than your one moment.
It would be a symbol for our country in this moment when we are mostly known for one of the most contentious, controversial, scandal-ridden, hateful, xenophobic, jingoistic, and just generally unlikeable presidential elections in recent memory. This is at a time when we could use some more symbols of unity and togetherness.”