Fox News isn’t necessarily known for being supportive of women’s rights or causes, despite have a bunch of female (usually blonde) anchors and reporters. However, one of the anchors, Gretchen Carlson, walked off the set after one of her male co-anchors made an idiotic and sexist remark. What happened?
Gretchen’ co-host of Fox and Friends, Brian Kilmeade, sat next to her while they watched a short segment featuring their other co-host, Steve Doocy. Steve was interviewing U.S. Navy Sea Chanters. One of the Sea Chanters informed Steve that the group was all-male until 1980, and that led Brian to drop some pretty misogynist bombs in the forms of sexist jokes.
“Women are everywhere,” Brian whined. “We’re letting them play golf and tennis now. It’s out of control.” Wow. Really, dude? If you’re going to make an attempt at tongue-in-cheek humor, at least let it be funny.
Gretchen was really unamused–so much so that she bounced. “You know what?” she said, shaking her head and getting up. “You know what? You read the headlines, since men are so great. Go ahead.” Then she strutted her stuff off the set.
Brian got booed for sending Gretchen to run for the feminist hills. Trying to save some face, he made another joke. “Finally! Leaving an all-male crew.”
C’mon, broski! Still peeved, Gretchen yelled, “In all your glory, go for it!” Atta girl!
Brian followed with, “Eh, she needed a shower.” We would too, if only to scrub off the stupidity we’d just been spewed with. Yecch. Brian was stuck doing all the headlines himself, asking, “Gretch?” To which she never responded. Good! You can watch it all go down:
Now you can see why Gretchen’s nickname is “B.A.,” short for “Bad Ass.”
We’re the first to admit that we’re not the biggest fans of Fox News, nor of their general attitudes towards women, minorities, and the LGBTQ community. But we are a fan of Gretchen Carlson for taking a stand–literally–when she was faced with overt, even if joking, sexism. We heart B.A. for rubbing Brian’s face in his own B.S.
Now if only she’d be so strong willed when it came to sticking up for her own right to choose.
Do you think Gretchen Carlson was right to walk off the set? Do you think she overreacted to Brian Kilmeade’s joke? Do you think Fox News is biased against women? Tell us in the comments!