O’Reilly Jokes About “Gay” Penguins: “They Wear Tight T-Shirts”
November 17, 2011 10:58 am ET by Carlos Maza
On the November 17 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, host Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller discussed the story of Pedro and Buddy – two male penguins at the Toronto Zoo who behave much in the same way that a mated couple would behave. The “gay” penguins are expected to be separated in order to mate with females as part of a plan to “help the species populate.”
Unsurprisingly, O’Reilly and Miller could barely get a word out about the story before devolving into gay stereotypes and fits of childish giggling:
O’REILLY: In Toronto there’s a couple of gay penguins I believe.
And I think they’re in Canada legally but I’m not sure because they’re from the Arctic or Antarctica. Now the gay penguins, are they trying to make them straight or what are they trying to make them? What are they doing with those penguins?
MILLER: Well I don’t know but, first off, you can see in that opening shot they’re just like the kids in Zuccotti. They crap on the outside right on the rock. I don’t know. The one –
MILLER: The one gay penguin’s name is Pedro. And here’s my problem: has anyone seen papers on Pedro? Is he even here legally for God’s sake?
O’REILLY: That was my question. Wait they –
MILLER: Listen, Billy. How do you even know when a penguin’s gay? Is their corner of the penguin habitat inordinately tasteful?
O’REILLY: No, they wear tight t-shirts.
MILLER: Is it well done?
O’REILLY: I don’t know, I can’t say anymore. But they’re trying to – I think they’re trying to make these gay penguins mate with – I don’t know. It’s too confusing.
MILLER: Stop right there. All I know is who’s in a better position to participate in a gay marriage than two creatures who are perpetually dressed formal?
O’REILLY: God if we’re back here tomorrow, I’ll be stunned.
If you can believe it, this is the second time that O’Reilly has made the “tight t-shirts” comment while discussing “gay” penguins on his show.
Fox News: too busy to discuss anti-gay bullying, but plenty of time to use any excuse to make stereotypical jokes about gays and lesbians.