Sage Steele Lives to Say All the Wrong Things

As someone who also identifies as Black despite the fact that I haven’t had a relationship with my biological “father” since I was like 19—although his coward ass was kind enough to magically reappear recently just to tell me “he didn’t have a son”—I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at Steele’s logic. Hell, maybe I should’ve been raised by wolves instead. That way, I would’ve not only had a father who actually gave a shit, but then I could self-identify as lupine! I’m also inclined to believe that Steele only acknowledges her Black half because she has to. Because no self-respecting Black woman that I’ve ever met in my entire Black-ass lupine-ass life would let a white dude ask to rummage his fingers through her hair, then happily oblige on national television.

But aside from using a white man’s platform and his predominantly white audience to openly critique our forever president’s Blackness, Steele also made it a point to heap praise upon the only other Black girl with no magic, Candace Owens. When she was informed that the internet commonly refers to her as “the Candace Owens of ESPN,” Steele beamed with pride.

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“I respect the hell out of Candace Owens,” she said.

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And in her final act, Steele made her generous contribution to rape culture when she insisted that women “need to be responsible as well” for the sexual harassment they endure on a daily basis and that “when you dress like that, I’m not saying you deserve the gross comments, but you know what you’re doing when you put that outfit on, too.”

She also noted that she’s refused to offer help to interns and other female journalists who present themselves in a way that she doesn’t approve of.

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“They’ll be like, ‘Well, will you look at my tape? Would you do this?’ And I say, ‘Listen, I would love to, but the way that you present yourself is not something I want to be associated with.”

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Steele sounds like the type of person who would blame her girlfriend for getting beat by her husband. And I almost want to feel bad for her, but then I remember that she willingly spews this bullshit that emboldens racists, bigots, and misogynists every chance she gets. She’s out here doing real harm to her own people, so it’s not exactly a surprise that her Black co-workers at ESPN don’t fuck with her either.

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After we defund the police, can we defund Sage Steele next?

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