Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers Revive SNL's ''Really?!'' Segment on Late Night to Take on a Misogynistic Sports Writer
Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers can't even.
During their time on Saturday Night Live, Poehler, 43, and Meyers, 41, co-hosted Weekend Update and introduced the popular "Really?!" segment, in which they would humorously call out obvious injustices. When Poehler appeared on NBC's Late Night With Seth Meyers Wednesday, they had even more to say.
"The Women's World Cup is heading into the quarterfinal round, and yesterday, the editor for Sports Illustrated's website tweeted a Vine of England's go-ahead goal against Norway with the words, 'And here's some people (ahem, @Andy_Benoit) argue that women's soccer isn't worth watching,' to which Sports Illustrated contributor Andy Benoit responded with this tweet: 'Not women's soccer......women's sports in general not worth watching,'" Meyers said as the studio audience gasped at Benoit's misogyny.
Meyers then introduced Poehler, who joined him behind the desk.
"Really? Really? Really, Andy Benoit? There's nothing in women's sports worth watching? I think a lot of people would love to watch you say that to Serena Williams. Really?" Poehler asked. The late-night host showed footage of the go-ahead goal from the game and contrasted it with a duller clip of a male golfer.
"I guess I'm not surprised that you work for Sports Illustrated," Poehler continued. "You guys put out a Swimsuit Issue every year dedicated entirely to women who aren't in sports—unless you think it's a sport to cover both boobs with one arm. Really?" Meyers pretended to be a sportscaster, announcing, "Here she comes! Look at this! Oh, this is fantastic! Here she comes! She's walking down the beach, bikini top is off—but her arm is out and she's done it! She's covered both nipples!"
"Do you believe in miracles?" Poehler asked. "I mean, really!"
"Really!" Meyers said. He continued to take Benoit to task, saying, "You can't give it up for a group of women who are representing the U.S. against the world yet I bet you are the same guy who sits inside on a nice day and watches the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft! A full day to find out if your favorite college player is going to have to go mansion shopping in Jacksonville or Tampa Bay. I mean, really?"
Poehler also questioned why women's sports are broadcast on secondary channels. "Nobody gets Fox Sports 1!" the Wet Hot American Summer star said.
"Really! If you want to attack somebody for playing soccer, how about children? Now that is boring to watch!" Meyers joked. "'You're off sides, Tyler! No, the monkey bars are off sides! That's the wrong goal, Tyler! Oh, no. Really, Tyler?!" Poehler laughed at Meyers' suggestion before making another point. "Maybe there's nothing in women's sports that directly compares to a LeBron James windmill dunk, but women do have a lot in common with LeBron," she said. "We wear headbands, we love to travel, and, much like LeBron in the finals, we often find ourselves asking, 'Hey, can I get some help around here?'"
The U.S. women's team will take on China at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday on Fox.
"We should all support them!" Meyers said. "Really!"
"And another thing: No more tweeting, Benoit," Poehler said. "You're too dumb! In fact, everyone, just get off twitter!" Meyers said, "Really! And if you agree with us, tweet us: @LateNightWithSethMeyers."
"Really?!" Poehler asked.
"Really!" Meyers told her. "Social's really important!"
Before signing off, Meyers added, "We heard you apologized, Benoit! Good for you!"
Indeed he did:
Late Night With Seth Meyers airs weeknights at 12:35 p.m. ET on NBC.
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