Faux “News” “personality” Tucker Carlson makes the only facial expression that he’s capable of making.
Tucker Carlson is an over-privileged little piece of shit who knows nothing except how to pander to the ignorance and the hatred of his wingnutty audience. The vast majority of online articles about Carlson that I see I just skip over, as he has become a fucking caricature of a supposedly conservative commentator. He’s so far gone that he’s hard to take with any seriousness, except to acknowledge his contribution to the ongoing degradation of our democracy and civil society, most notably his assistance in the United States’ march toward fascism.
But when I read that Carlson recently made a sexist and homophobic attack on Pete Buttigieg, U.S. secretary of transportation, I immediately wished for Carlson’s slow, painful death.
…“Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child,” Tucker Carlson told his Fox News audience on Thursday. “Paternity leave, they call it, trying to figure out how to breastfeed – no word on how that went.”
In fact, Fox News provides paternity leave, and Carlson’s colleagues have previously praised the company’s six weeks of paid leave on-air.
“They give us six weeks as dads for paternity and I’m taking that six weeks,” “Fox & Friends” co-host Todd Piro told his viewers in March, according to the left-leaning research center Media Matters for America. “I can’t wait to bond with my little one.”
Similarly, Fox host Jesse Watters said he was “pro-paternity” after taking six weeks following the birth of his third child. …
Clearly, this was a homophobic attack. Carlson is not on the record, I’m pretty sure, saying that his fellow wingnutty propagandists Todd Piro and Jesse Watters were “tying to figure out how to breastfeed.”
(In response to the “breastfeeding” dig, Buttigieg retorted, “In [Carlson’s] case, I guess he just doesn’t understand the concept of bottle feeding, let alone the concept of paternity leave.”)
Even Carlson, I am confident, as fucktarded as he is, understands and probably even more or less agrees with the fact that in today’s world, if a woman doesn’t want to be a mother, that’s fine; that’s her decision — and that if a man wants to raise a child, on his own or with another man, that’s fine, too; that’s his decision, too.
Carlson most likely is quite consciously further ingratiating himself with his base of mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging, MAGA-cap-wearing, vaccination-refusing troglodytes who called Al Gore’s supporters “Sore Loserman” even though Gore won the popular vote in 2000, while former “President” Pussygrabber lost the 2020 popular vote by more than 7 million votes, yet millions of Pussygrabberians still maintain that Pussygrabber actually won, apparently wholly unaware of their rank hypocrisy.
Carlson knows what cray-cray these degenerates believe and he knows whom they hypocritically and irrationally hate, and so he plays those same tired chords, over and over and over again, because they’re the only chords he that knows how to play.
And it’s funny how wingnuts throw the word “freedom” around mindlessly while attempting to limit the freedoms of those whom they don’t like and with whom they disagree. That’s called fascism.
As a gay man, I’ve never had the desire to parent a child, and I generally think that it’s irresponsible to bring even more people into this already-troubled and already-overcrowded world. (I understand that Buttigieg and his husband adopted their two babies [twins], so they didn’t contribute to the planet’s count of human beings by going with a surrogate mother, I understand, but instead adopted twins who needed a parent or two, which is laudable, even though it’s something that I’d never do.)
But if I did have the desire to parent a child, I sure the fuck would be prepared to blast any heterosexist, homophobic piece of shit who tried to stand in my way of my exercising of my human and civil rights (a.k.a. my freedoms).
Especially when examples of abysmally awful parenting by heterosexuals abound, I wouldn’t hear any lecture on parenting from a straight person.
All of this said, I still think that it was in poor taste of Mr. and Mr. Buttigieg to publicly release this photo early last month:
I’m fine with a picture of the happy couple with their newly adopted babies, but what the fuck is with the hospital bed?
Unless I missed that day in biology class, neither one of them gave birth to either of these babies, so please get your asses out of that hospital bed, gentlemen; please don’t dismiss or disrespect the birthing process like this, by even giving the appearance that perhaps you’re acting as though you did this, as though you created these babies.
Call me old-fashioned, but I never would have posed for a picture like that.
Finally, let me make it clear that I don’t support Pete Buttigieg’s “centrist,” pro-corporate politics, to put it mildly. I didn’t support him when he stupidly ran for president of the United States after only having been mayor of South Bend, Indiana — I vote for the most progressive yet still viable candidate, regardless of that candidate’s biological sex, race or sexual orientation — and ever since Buttigieg helped to tank Bernie Sanders’ second run for the Democratic Party presidential nomination and rejuvenate the moribund Joe Biden campaign (for which he was awarded a Cabinet post in the Biden administration, as I noted at the time), he’s pretty much dead to me.
(And now we’re stuck with Old Addled Uncle Joe for president, whom some already are more or less accurately comparing to Jimmy Carter.)
I will, however, protect Buttigieg and all non-heterosexual and/or non-gender-conforming individuals from fascist attacks based on their gender identity and/or gender conformity and/or sexual orientation.
To fail to do so allows fascism to grow, as history has made plain.
And go fuck yourself, Tucker Carlson. (What a faggot name — amirite?)