Deadspin Roasted for Calling Sage Steele the ‘Black Candace Owens’: ‘Isn’t Candace Owens the Actual Black Candace Owens?’
Deadspin slammed ESPN sportscaster Sage Steele as their No. 6 “idiot of the year,” but the initial story came with an idiotic headline of their own.
“IDIOT OF THE YEAR #6: Sage Steele, the Black Candace Owens,” Deadspin tweeted and published according to numerous Twitter accounts that took a screenshot and shared the outrageous headline. The botched headline would imply that Candace Owens is not Black, which is of course a false statement.
The tweet has since been deleted and Deadspin dropped “Black” from their corrected headline which now reads, “IDIOT OF THE YEAR #6: Sage Steele, the Candace Owens of ESPN.”
Amazing work here. pic.twitter.com/l2UuDfofF1
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) December 30, 2021
Sage Steele has more talent & intelligence in her little finger than the entire Deadspin staff combined pic.twitter.com/Jk8w6xIQCe
— Adam Carolla (@adamcarolla) December 30, 2021
“the Black Candace Owens” pic.twitter.com/bNO5t8vWyL
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) December 30, 2021
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) December 30, 2021
Rough look when you are naming idiots, @Deadspin. pic.twitter.com/wBXvV7rOGT
— Bobby Burack (@burackbobby_) December 30, 2021
.@sagesteele is one of the best show hosts you’ll find and an incredible person https://t.co/ZgvXFPkdwO
— Bobby Carpenter (@Bcarp3) December 30, 2021
Isn’t @RealCandaceO Candace Owens the actual black Candace Owens? https://t.co/uZRRebBqTQ
— Dr. Mark Young (@MarkYoungTruth) December 30, 2021
— Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) December 30, 2021
— Candace (@thecandaceshow) December 30, 2021
The comparison to Owens is not new for Steele. Owens is Black and Steele is bi-racial, but both offer controversial conservative political opinions. In October, Steele joined former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler on his podcast and offered a big smile when the comparison to Owens was mentioned.
“I respect the hell out of Candace Owens,” Steele told Cutler. “Because whether you agree or not, she doesn’t give a crap what you think, and she’s going to say what’s on her mind.”
As far as being Deadspin’s No. 6 “idiot of the year,” the publication focused on Steele’s assessment of Covid and her vaccine hesitancy in 2021. During the interview with Cutler, Steele lashed out at ESPN’s vaccine mandate and acknowledged she received the jab reluctantly.
Shortly after the interview, ESPN decided Steele should take some time off. The decision proved necessary, as Steele ironically tested positive for Covid days after she blasted ESPN’s mandate. Steele returned to ESPN in October and continues to anchor the network’s noon edition of SportsCenter.
— Sage Steele (@sagesteele) December 30, 2021
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