Fans 'Love the Shade' Hoda Kotb Just Sent to Chiefs Player Harrison Butker After His Commencement Speech Went Viral

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Hoda Kotb didn't hold back in her response to Chiefs player Harrison Butker's viral commencement speech, and fans "love the shade" she's sending his way.

The address, given at Benedictine College—a Catholic school just outside of Kansas City—has been slammed as misogynistic, homophobic, and sexist, among other things—ruffled more than a few feathers after the NFL player quoted Taylor Swift while telling the female graduates that their most fulfilling role in life would be to become a homemaker, rather than the promotions and other career wins they may one day obtain thanks to their hard work and brand-new degrees.

In response, Kotb uploaded a snippet of the singer performing her song "The Man," which is an imagining of what life for a woman would be like if she had been born male, instead, featuring lyrics like, "I'm so sick of running as fast as I can, wondering if I'd get there quicker if I was a man," and, "They'd say I hustled, put in the work / They wouldn't shake their heads and question how much of this I deserve."

"Lets [sic] listen to this one for KICKS🏈," Kotb wrote alongside the clip—which appears to have been taken in Paris, based on the colorway of the costume Swift wore, despite Kotb attending the Eras Tour at Metlife Stadium on May 26, 2023—in reference to his position as kicker on the twice-consecutive Super Bowl-winning team.

Followers were enthralled with the subtle shade, with one specifically calling it out as "classy," hyping the Today anchor up with an added, "Go Hoda!"

"Guess I don’t need my sunglasses for this shade 😎," another joked, while someone else encouraged her to "say [it] louder for those in the back!!"

"HODA WITH [THE] PUNNY DIG❤️," another celebrated.

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