Kooiman: “I don’t want to say it on air: You know what ‘r’ word I’m talking about!” Saturday, Fox & Friends co-anchor Anna Kooiman schooled her co-hosts Tucker Carlson and Clayton Morris on sensitivity.
In a “P.C.” segment on the USDA proposing to drop the term “midget” from its regulations re raisins in response to a petition from “The Little People of America” who deemed it offensive, Clayton and Tucker ridiculed the move.* Clayton scoffed that the proposal was a waste of taxpayer’s dollars. Acerbically chiming in, Tucker derisively remarked, “This is what mass hysteria looks like. When you read the accounts of the cultural revolution in China where everyone with eye glasses was banished to a collective farm, you think how could people have been that insane: Where there no adults present? That’s exactly the moment we’re living through now where the government is waging war on language because ‘midget’ is offensive. Like this is crazy!”
Subsequently, the co-hosts seemed to bash the very concept that the term may be offensive to little people as patently political poppycock. Seemingly coming to her senses suddenly, Anna declared, “Well, you know what, it wasn’t that long ago, to play devil’s advocate, it wasn’t that along ago that the ‘r’ word was something everybody used, and it didn’t seem like that big of a deal.”
Furrowing his brow, Tucker queried, “What’s the ‘r’ word?” Facetiously, Clayton deadpanned, “Raisin?”
Aptly, Anna answered, “No, I don’t want to say it on air. You know what ‘r’ word I’m talking about!”
Yes, Anna, F&FW fans know exactly what the “r” word is. And, they also know what the “i” word was. Now, it’s time to affirm the small people, the mentally challenged, the bedridden, and all who may have otherwise been deemed to have less worth than any “normal person” by an unenlightened society: we do well to remember that we are all created in God’s image.
Fox & Friends Weekend – 08/22/15 (@ 7:53 a.m ET).