Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers reunited on Late Night Wednesday to deliver a torrent of exasperation and bewilderment with the questionable media coverage surrounding the Women’s World Cup in a new edition of their classic “Weekend Update” segment, “Really!?!”
The bit was prompted by a bonehead tweet sent by Sports Illustrated writer Andy Benoit about how women’s sports “weren’t worth watching.” While Benoit has since apologized, Poehler and Meyers nevertheless relished the chance to roast the writer: “Really, Andy Benoit!? There’s nothing in women’s sports worth watching?” Poehler asked. “I think a lot of people would love to watch you say that to Serena Williams.”
While the former Saturday Night Live cohorts spent more time tearing into Benoit and Sports Illustrated, they quickly turned their attention to the overall poor promotion of the Women’s World Cup, and its availability on secondary networks.
“Nobody gets Fox Sports 1!” exclaimed Poehler. “Nobody knows where it is! Come on networks, you’ll play six hours of pre-Kentucky Derby footage but you can’t broadcast women’s soccer? You think people would rather watch someone talk about hats than watch some badass American bitches take down Colombia?!”
Meyers and Poehler proceeded to take down the real perpetrators of boring soccer — children — draw parallels between women and LeBron James and remind viewers that the U.S. women’s team will play China in the quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. ET on the actual Fox network. Then Poehler laid down the law one last time: “No more tweeting, Benoit — you’re too dumb. In fact everyone just get off Twitter.”
“Really,” Meyers nodded. “And if you agree with Amy, tweet us at LateNightSeth… social’s really important.”