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Caitlin Clark’s popularity is down to ‘nice privilege’: Sunny Hostin

‘The View’ co-host Sunny Hostin argued that ‘white privilege’ and ‘pretty privilege’ played a role in Indiana Fever star Caitlin Clark’s popularity on the talk show ABC Wednesday.

“I think there is a thing called lovely privilege. There is a thing called white privilege. There’s this thing called great privilege, and we have to recognize it, and part of it is about race, because if you think about the Brittney Griners of the world, why did she have to go play in Russia? Because they wouldn’t pay her,” Hostin said, referring to the WNBA.

“The View” co-hosts were discussing former ESPN host Jemele Hill’s argument that Clark owed much of his popularity to his race and sexuality.

Hostin said earlier in the discussion that she had no problem with Clark bringing much-needed attention to the WNBA.

“Now Caitlin Clark is bringing this money, these sponsorships, hopefully, to the league and other players will benefit from it. But I think she’s more relatable to more people because she’s white, because she’s attractive, and unfortunately there’s still this stigma against the LGBTQ+ community,” Hostin said.

Caitlin Clark drives to the basket against the Seattle Storm on May 22, 2024. Getty Images

“Seventy percent of the WNBA is black. A third of gamers belong to the LGBTQ+ community and we need to do something about this stigma in this country. I think people have a problem with lesbian women playing basketball. Who cares? They are great athletes.

Co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin said she became a fan of the WNBA because Clark was “a lot of fun to watch,” adding that it had nothing to do with her skin color.

Co-host Whoopi Goldberg argued that she and Hostin have been trying to bring attention to the WNBA for years.

“These women are often equal, or even better, sometimes, than the people you’re looking at,” Goldberg said.

“Sometimes better than the guys!” » Hostin added.

“The View” host Sunny Hostin discusses Caitlin Clark. The View/YouTube

Clark gained national prominence, particularly during the last two seasons while playing at the University of Iowa.

The all-time leading scorer in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history, she led Iowa to back-to-back appearances in the national championship game before being drafted first overall this year by the Fever.

Goldberg pushed back on Hill’s remarks and said Clark gets attention because she’s a great player.

“Seeing her reduced like that bothered me a lot because that’s her record,” Goldberg said, pointing to her record. “Unless you can show me who has a better track record than this one, that’s why she gets all the attention she gets, because she’s a damn good player and it doesn’t matter that she’s straight or gay, no one cries when she does that.

Caitlin Clark brought new popularity to the WNBA. Getty Images

Hill, in a comment to the Los Angeles Times, also criticized brands like Nike for not sponsoring more diverse players. Clark signed a $28 million deal with the brand after graduating from the University of Iowa and she also signed a historic brand deal with Wilson this week.

“Black women are often erased from the picture,” Hill said. “There is plenty of room to highlight and celebrate the popularity of Caitlin Clark while discussing ways to not erase Black women from a league they have built and continue to build.”

New York Post

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