By Ryan Gierach, West Hollywood, California
That was fun. I just finished watching this clip, several times. It became greater fun each time, especially as I looked at it through West Hollywood’s peculiar prism of progressivism.
Usually, I cannot sit through a Fox & Friends report; advocates of willful ignorance and belief-based realities already abound in print and I’m saved listening to Steve Doocy while keeping abreast of the latest.
But this report, because we have a recent news hook on which to hang it and because it shows how deeply corrupted is right-wing ideology, I thought needed special notice to our little community that changes the world in big ways.
What I saw was co-host Mr. Doocy line up a doozy of a live street interview in which nobody held his level of moral outrage over signs denoting all-gender bathrooms.
(Note to “journalist” Steve Doocy: like a good lawyer, a good advocacy journalist already knows how the interviewed will answer to every question they ask. If you believe yourself to be unbiased and want to act the part, too, don’t panic when “incorrect” answers come out of interviewees’ mouths – not live on the air, anyway.)
The reason given for going to the streets, was that the cast and crew could not figure this story out, or so they admitted. It doesn’t even take a John Stewart to find the humor in that.
They didn’t bother to interview anyone at Illinois State University, the school at the center of this feature, or anyone in West Hollywood, which recently mandated that all gender signs be hung.
West Hollywood’s city council on June 23 directed the city attorney to coordinate with the city’s Code Compliance, Legal Services and Building and Safety divisions to draft language for the ordinance.
That ordinance follows a 2013 law in Philadelphia requiring all new or renovated city-owned buildings to build gender-neutral bathrooms.
Also last year in, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law allowing students to use the male or female restrooms or locker rooms based on the students’ gender identity.
But “Fox & Friends” just can’t seem to get over a university’s decision to re-label campus bathrooms to accommodate transgender students.”
The long definition of “can’t get over” is “confounded and virtually apoplectic about an attack at the heart of Western Civilization by stripping men of perhaps the last universal bastion of white male supremacy – admission by lessers into the Men’s Room thrones.”
That bathrooms in Europe changed years ago, matters not to Fox & Friends, which you’ll recall led the charge to change to rename French Fries to Freedom Fries to punish France for not throwing in with the US for this century’s invasion of Iraq.
Illinois State University is the school making the change to all ten of their restrooms; Illinois Wesleyan University made similar changes about a year ago.
To view the abject discomfiture that ensues when a “journalist” fails to elicit answers that don’t fit his world view, watch the video below. It made me think of the commonly used set up to a “Frazier” script, after which the brothers would eventually and inevitably fall into humiliation and public disgrace.
In the video you’ll see the interview devolve as Mr. Doocy’s not so cleverly disguised moral outrage, not to mention his certainty that these self-professed “Fox & Friends fans” shared his abhorrence over the symbol representing a transgender person at the sign’s center.
Seeking the support of the innocent first, Mr. Doocy asked a boy if he “would have any idea” what the symbol meant, the youngster suggested it might indicate a “family restroom,” to which his guardian or parent next to agreed. “I could see that,” he said.
The responses become a chorus of rhetorical “and…?” His ever more desperate pleas for, um, I don’t know.
Maybe he wanted an expression of outrage directed at all transgenders (or at least gays, even though the communities share pretty much only the traditional oppression meted out by society), maybe he wanted an eloquent denunciation of the Democrats that help Transgenders obtain equal rights before the law.
Whatever, the responses pretty much crushed his hopes. “Yeah, I get it,” or, “sure, like family restrooms.” Or, as one man put it in just one word, and an utterly nonjudgmental way, “Transgender.”
According to TPM, “At that point, confident that he had planted the seeds for some righteous indignation, [Mr.] Doocy explained the moral deterioration at Illinois State University.
“See, they were designated as ‘family restrooms’ in the past and now, apparently, they’re going to be known as ‘all-gender’ restrooms,” [Mr.] Doocy explained. “Does that make sense?” he asked a woman.”
As you can see from the short video, it made perfect sense to her. “Restrooms for both genders,” she said cheerily. But Mr. Doocy would not allow the anecdotal polling go awry, so he gamely gave it another shot.
“That’s right. Bathrooms for both genders, or transgenders,” he said with the certainty that, having said the word, the log jam would break and the hoped for condemnation would appear.
No one bit; I suspect they were from West Hollywood visiting. They had a touristy look.
Apparently what sent the Fox & Friends crew into this clusterf**k in the first place is what they see as an attack on Western Culture inherent in the sign; they see the old bathroom signs perverting time-honored, if not sacrosanct, figures of man and woman by adding a (not very creative) third figure that incorporated the top half of the blue male figure and the lower half of the extreme pink female figure, a blend of the two symbols that frame it.
It must seem to the culture warriors that “all the gay stuff” that used to be held closely so as to not offend straights (or call down the mobs) is now encroaching on what the most influential members of the white-male-dominated culture considers “their space.”
Finally, out of prospective propaganda interviewees, the Manhattan street correspondent sent it back to the studio, where Brian Kilmeade summed up the report, as well as Fox’s ethics, in a single phrase. “Well, they’re better people than us,” Kilmeade admitted.
But they’re also far smarter people than you, too, Fox & Friends. Never known for his brilliance, (according to TheCommentator blog, the “one thing Kilmeade excels at is dragging the level of debate on the show down to the dumbest level possible.” Mr. Kilmeade, closed the segment with a question about the sign, “Why is the torso so big and the dress so small?”