Child Rape Apologist Tucker Carlson Said Gross Things About Miss Teen USAs
This has not been a good week for Fox News. There was the Jane Mayer article in the New Yorker about how the station is deeply in cahoots with Donald J. Trump to the point of being obvious propaganda. There was Judge Jeanine Pirro trying to suggest that the fact that Rep. Ilhan Omar wears a hijab means that she is devoted to Sharia Law and thus opposes the Constitution (which is particularly interesting in light of the fact that Pirro is herself a Catholic, and for many years the line on Catholics was that they were too loyal to the Pope to be loyal to America). Then there was Tucker. Tucker being worshiped by white supremacists, Tucker defending child rapist Warren Jeffs, Tucker saying a bunch of racist shit, Tucker saying he wanted a racist president, etc. etc.
All the controversy has led to many advertisers deciding that they may not want their brands associated with such people. Several have decided to take their dollars elsewhere. Given that the MyPillow guy cannot singlehandedly support the station on his own, Fox will be having a special emergency pitch meeting to Madison Avenue executives in hopes of keeping more of the advertisers they still have and perhaps reaching new ones. They plan to highlight the "real news" portion of their programming, which at this point is close to non-existent, as well as the fact that they are the most watched cable news network in the nation.
They may have a little trouble doing that, given that there has been yet another dump of Tucker Carlson's comments from the Bubba The Love Sponge show -- in which he, once again, appears to get very excited about the prospect of sex with underage girls.
The year was 2007, and a young lady named Caitlin Upton had just made a damn fool of herself on national television when, in the Miss Teen USA pageant, she answered a question in a not-very-smart way.
Please to recall:
Miss Teen USA 2007 - South Carolina answers a question youtu.be
The contestant from South Carolina was asked
"Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can't locate the U.S. on a world map. Why do you think this is?"
I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some, uh, people out there in our nation don't have maps and, uh, I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and, I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, or, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future. For our children.
Yes, it was a stupid answer. But may I just point out that it was also a stupid question? Seriously! What was the ideal answer to that question even supposed to be? More geography classes? That perhaps those people are good at other things but just happen to suck at maps? This is not the point, but it is something that has always bothered me. I don't know. I don't like watching people make fools of themselves unless they're mean. It brings me no joy.
But I digress.
Following the media circus around this poor girl's stupid answer, Tucker Carlson had some gross things to say about her (and about Mario Lopez) on the Bubba the Love Sponge show.
The recordings were unearthed by Media Matters researchers, and published by NowThisNews:
Exclusive: Tucker Carlson's sexual comments about a Miss Teen USA pageant are some of the most shocking yet - in ne… https://t.co/JKwwVE47iE— NowThis (@NowThis)1552443902.0
In the audio recordings, Tucker explained that he thought it was "appealing" that Upton was so "dumb," wondering whether it would be "good or bad" to have a wife that stupid. One might argue that Carlson ended up marrying someone far less intelligent, because what kind of a person would be stupid enough to get hitched to an asshole like that?
He also went on a whole spiel about how Mario Lopez probably slept with her, even though she was probably underage, noting that -- like James Brown -- those rules don't apply to him. Upton was, in fact, 18 at the time, but Carlson and the hosts suggested that she could have been 16 or 17.
"She's like, she's vulnerable. She's like a wounded gazelle, separated from the herd," he said, explaining why he thought Lopez would have slept with her after the show.
What a class act! It's hardly surprising that he is such a big fan of Donald Trump, who bragged about walking around the Miss Teen USA locker room in order to stare at naked underage girls when he owned the pageant.
Of course, the thing with Tucker Carlson is that these statements in his past are not significantly creepier or more appalling than the things he says today. Why, just yesterday, Carlson told a woman who was refusing to have children due to concerns about the environment and climate change that she'd be "happier" if she did have children. Which is quite an assumption to make! He also insisted that Media Matters was funded by George Soros, and whined about how the organization's entire purpose is to "punish" critics of the Democratic Party -- by daring to quote them verbatim.
So, just to be clear -- Tucker Carlson is allowed to criticize the Democratic Party, he is allowed to criticize the Left, but no one is allowed to criticize him by ... quoting him verbatim. That is just a bridge too far! It's almost as if the Left doesn't realize that there is a whole subsection in the Constitution about how only conservatives have a right to free speech or a right to criticize others, and how they are allowed to say anything they want without fear of criticism from anyone else. And also without fear of anyone quoting them word-for-word.
Hopefully for Fox, potential advertisers understand that this is how the Constitution works, and won't hold any of these statements against the station during their pitch meeting today.
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