Fox News might consider itself "fair & balanced;" but when it comes to reproductive issues, it is proudly and publicly "pro-life." As such, it provides a willing platform for those hosts and guests who hate Planned Parenthood and all those slutty sluts who avail themselves of the vital healthcare which this organization provides to so many American women. So it's not surprising that Greg Gutfeld, who thinks that women who have abortions are "morally inept," would use his trademark twisted comedic stylings to mock Scarlett Johansson's fundraising efforts for Planned Parenthood. He was joined by sweet, Southern belle and very concerned woman, Penny Nance who, not very subtly, promoted the right wing message that taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for Planned Parenthood. As comedy it was lame, as propaganda, it was even lamer...
Last night, while filling in for Bill O'Reilly, Gutfeld "joked" that as part of her effort to get back at him for their first marriage, Scarlett Johansson has collaborated with Planned Parenthood in designing a T-shirt to "help fire up" those who support the organization. He described the shirt as a "slam" on both the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby ruling and Republicans "who supported it." (Fox News would be in that category!). As the visual showed the shirt, he read what was written on it: "Hey politicians, the 1950's called and they want their sexism back." (Fox News can give them theirs!) There was rich irony in tired joker Gutfeld's description of the phrase as a "tired joke structure." After he noted that the shirt is signed, "love Scarlett Johansson," he "joked" that "she wrote the same thing on my prom tuxedo." (hardeharhar)
He was either agitated or passing gas as he introduced rightwing nut President of Concerned Women for America Penny Young Nance who has said rightwing nut stuff like the Violence Against Women Act is part of the "war on women," gay marriage advocates are bullies, and school condom distribution contributes to rampant sex among teens. He asked her if the shirt is "a big deal."
Nance wanted to know why "when you're a celebrity, counts on everything that's public policy whether it's foreign diplomacy or the environment, but now apparently abortions included in that list." (Bless her heart, she obviously doesn't know or care that Planned Parenthood provides comprehensive health care and that abortion is still (barely) legal in the US.) She whined that "if Planned Parenthood wants to design an ugly T-shirt and sell it, that's great" but that they should "get their hand out of the taxpayers' pocket." (Meanwhile, tax dollars go to anti-choice Crisis Pregnancy Centers and failed abstinence education.) She whined that she is "tired of it [Planned Parenthood] "pilfering the taxpayer." (Wonder if she felt the same way about the Iraq war!)
Showing his support for the Hobby Lobby decision, Gutfeld said he "found it interesting just because female celebrities think the Hobby Lobby decision somehow deprives them of birth control." He asked "isn't that the funny part." (Memo to Greg - it's not funny when women have to pay full freight for their birth control because of their employer's Christian/Catholic theology which they might not embrace. It's not funny that women who work for these companies have to pay hundreds of dollars for an IUD when the ACA covers it for women who work for secular companies.) Nance: "It's because they're confused because you can't have it and I'm not paying for it." She said that many of the Hobby Lobby plaintiffs were women so it's all good and that "women of faith have strong opinions." She snarked that the pro-choice campaign, " 'women are watching' should be women who watch Oprah Winfrey for their news." (As opposed to Fox?) She continued with her whine about how Planned Parenthood takes taxpayers dollars.
Gutfeld ended with his trademark, uh, comedic use of irony? "I think you gotta take a page out of their playbook with humor in T-shirts, it would be nice to see T-shirts, yeah, this wasn't funny, but you could make, come up with something that has an arrow pointing up to your head saying 'not aborted'."
Hey Greg, the washed up comedian center called. They want their jokes back. Seriously, Russell Brand described Gutfeld as an "espouser of dead values." I would add that the values espoused by Gutfeld are also sick and totally inane. If Gutfeld thinks he's a comedian and a political pundit, he can keep on pretending!