September 27, 2011 5:46 pm ET - by Carlos Maza
During the September 27 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, hosts Brian Kilmeade, Steve Doocy and Gretchen Carlson made a crass joke about Chaz Bono while discussing his participation on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars:
CARLSON: Chaz Bono dropped to last place - uh oh - with a score of 17 points.
KILMEADE: Well it turns out that a knee injury is giving Chaz trouble. With more on that, Steve, can you tell us more?
DOOCY: Uh, no, I can't. Thank you very much for that update.
CARLSON: Let's talk about the Senate instead, why don't we. That might take too long to explain to Steve, Brian, and the rest of the world. Anyway, the Senate has approved--
KILMEADE: The one part of Chaz that hasn't been operated on!
CARLSON: Yeah, ok. Like I said, let's leave it there.
DOOCY: So far!
It’s unscripted moments like these that really reveal the kind of anti-LGBT culture that exists at Fox. The mere mention of a transgender person is enough to provoke giggles and immature jokes from the three couch-sitters (and what sounds like part of the studio crew). They just couldn’t help but jump at the opportunity to mock somebody that they perceive as being different or strange.
For weeks, Fox has been promoting the work of anti-LGBT pseudosciencepeddler Dr. Keith Ablow, who’s compared Bono to heroin addicts and people who want to add tails to their bodies. In fact, Fox has a long history of demonizing and ridiculing transgender people:
So it’s no surprise that the Fox & Friends crew reverts to behaving like schoolyard bullies upon hearing about an injured transgender person. At this point, they’re just following what appears to be network policy.
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