The O’Reilly Factor discussed the news that the University of California system will allow students to choose from six gender identities – not with any expert but with the two comedian wannabes, Bernard McGuirk and Greg Gutfeld. They and Bill O'Reilly made snarky “jokes” about transgender people.
O’Reilly called the policy “a gender identity situation.” He played a clip of Danielle Moodie-Mills saying, on MSNBC, “We need to stop misgendering people in the media and there needs to be some type of fine that’s put into place for outlets, for media outlets, whether they be print, online, radio or what have you, that decide that they’re just not going to call people by their name.”
O’Reilly responded with an insult: “So this loon wants to fine us if we misgenderize people. Which I don’t even know what that means,” he said scornfully.
McGuirk explained, “If you call Caitlyn Jenner ‘he,’ then you get a $50,000 fine.”
O’Reilly sneered. “And pardon me for this, but from the waist down he is a he, according to she. According to him right?”
MCGUIRK: That is true, you’re right,”
O’REILLY: I’m trying to be accurate here on The Factor.”
MCGUIRK: At this point. But that could change I guess. I mean, I cringe at the idea. But look, their goal is to have gender-neutral locker rooms, gender-neutral bathrooms.
O’Reilly, either out of ignorance or else trying to make a joke, said, “But if you have six choices, you have to have six different heads.”
Now it was time for a bad joke from Gutfeld: “This is progress. When I was at Berkeley we only had three choices male, female and sherbet.” The crew laughed off camera.
If you thought that was bad, his next was even worse. “I was a sequential hermaphrodite during the 80s, so I felt excluded,” Gutfeld continued.
Gutfeld then complained, “What we‘re seeing right now is the end of identity, where people will self-identify and everyone must cater.”
Gutfeld claimed that communities are being replaced with special interests and that we only care about and respect children so long as they are designated as part of a special interest group.
O’Reilly listed the six gender identities college students can choose from, “They can be male,” he began, then joked, “Male here on the panel?”
Gutfeld quipped, “I’m a West Highland terrier.”
O’Reilly continued listing the genders: “They can be a ‘trans male/trans man.’ I don’t know what that is. ‘Trans female/trans woman,’ I guess that that’s in the process of changing. You can be ‘gender queer/gender non-conforming’ and ‘different identity.’ I don’t know what any of that means. I guess you get a questionnaire you gotta check off what you wanna be?”
Can we get any more bad jokes or mocking of the transgender community in this segment? Yes!
MCGUIRK: What if you’re like, stuffed animals or robots or something? Where is that category? …The bottom line is they want to get rid of all urinals, which would scare the hell out of all guys, so we are subjected to these long lines like the ladies are.
I think that Satan might be behind this,” O’Reilly said.
“Bill, I eat a lot of ice cream so next week, I’m trans-fat,” Gutfeld “joked.”
Watch this latest and perhaps most tasteless example of Fox’s hostility toward polices that accommodate transgender people or provide gender-neutral facilities, below, from the July 28 The O’Reilly Factor, via Media Matters.
Billy, with his foul mouth, is the last one to preach to anyone about morals.
O’Reilly continued listing the genders: “They can be a ‘trans male/trans man.’ I DON’T KNOW what that is.
‘Trans female/trans woman,’ I guess that that’s in the process of changing. You can be ‘gender queer/gender non-conforming’ and ‘different identity.’ I DON’T KNOWwhat any of that means.
BOR doesn’t know. Yeah, that’s for sure. So why don’t you invite on guest(s) who DO KNOW and who can explain the gender issues to you and your viewers, BOR?
I’ll answer that – because you actually don’t care and don’t want to know, BOR. You’d rather take an issue that has become fairly prominent (in light of Jenner’s announcement and cities/universities trying to be more inclusive, etc.) and just make fun of it with 2 bozos who are piss poor examples of witty and/or humorous.
How about growing the eff up, BOR, and discussing the gender issue like adults instead of riffing on it like little 7th grade boys snarking in the locker room? You’re really doing a disservice to your viewers and the whole concept of intelligent discussion. “The Factor”: where the uninformed go to remain uninformed. Pffft.