'Has he been fired yet?': Tucker Carlson faces backlash for past comments degrading women

Tucker Carlson defended his comments by saying he was caught <span>saying “something naughty” decades ago.</span> (Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images for Politicon)
Tucker Carlson defended his comments by saying he was caught saying “something naughty” decades ago. (Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images for Politicon)

Old recordings of Tucker Carlson insulting women and defending statutory rape surfaced over the weekend. But the Fox News host refused to apologize, posting a statement to Twitter saying he was caught saying “something naughty” more than a decade ago and he wouldn’t “express the usual ritual contrition.”

The nonprofit Media Matters for America published transcriptions on Sunday of Carlson’s appearances on the Florida radio show Bubba the Love Sponge from 2006 and 2011. Over the years, Carlson defended statutory rape, called rape shield laws “unfair” and said child marriage isn’t the same as sexually assaulting a child because the adult “made a lifelong commitment to live and take care of the person.”

The audio recordings revealed Carlson using the c-word to refer to Martha Stewart’s daughter, Alexis Stewart, and calling Britney Spears and Paris Hilton “the biggest white whores in America.” He also said women are “extremely primitive” people who enjoy being told to “be quiet and kind of do what you’re told.”

Carlson was employed by MSNBC and then Fox News when these radio appearances took place.

He responded to widespread backlash Sunday night by telling people to watch his show if they want to know what he thinks.

Many people called for Fox News to fire Carlson over the misogynistic comments, using the hashtag #FireTuckerCarlson. Activist and actress Alyssa Milano reminded the journalist that he has three daughters.

Fox News has been embroiled in scandals over the last few years, including its former chairman and CEO, the late Roger Ailes, being accused of sexually harassing women for decades. More recently, a New Yorker report has alleged that a FoxNews.com reporter had the scoop on the Stormy Daniels story before the 2016 election but it was squashed by editors, and that Ailes may have fed Trump debate questions ahead of a 2015 GOP primary debate.

The day after Carlson’s past comments came to light, Fox News condemned host Jeanine Pirro for asking if Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Islamic religious beliefs are “antithetical” to the U.S. Constitution. The network has not yet commented on Carlson’s comments.

Donald Trump Jr. came to Carlson’s defense, though, suggesting that everything the Fox News host said on Bubba the Love Sponge was satire.

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