On Tuesday’s Tucker Carlson Tonight, Fox News host Tucker Carlson said that the “war on Christmas” is real and called it a “global struggle.” He brought on political commentator and radio host Tammy Bruce to break down a story about a Scottish Parliament coffee shop that changed the name of its gingerbread men to “gingerbread persons.”
“They don’t want to give them a gender without their consent,” Carlson quipped. “You don’t even want to know how many bathrooms there are in gingerbread houses now. A lot.”
After Carlson expressed his suspicion that people who do things like this are “right-wing plants, there to discredit the progressives they live among,” Bruce had a theory of her own.
“The left has worked now for a couple of generations to condition us to, ahead of time, worry about what we are going to say … challenging people and threatening them and letting them know there’s danger in those thoughts,” Bruce said.
And after reporting that the baker in the story was shocked by the negative outcry over the gingerbread name change, Bruce added, “I contend that living your entire life being kind of bullied into what you can and cannot say, and presumptions that you’re bad people, that it can be the smallest thing that tips you over the edge, that can be your tipping point. And in this case it’s, you know, calling a gingerbread man a gingerbread person when, obviously, they’re men.”
Some viewers on Twitter seemed perplexed by the conversation. Many sarcastically thanked Fox News for covering the “important issues.” And then there were the gingerbread jokes.
In today’s news, Tucker Carlson and Tammy Bruce think cookies are people. https://t.co/nJi52crE6i
— Free Dominguez (@freedominguez) December 19, 2018
Good to see #Fox is covering the important issues, gingerbread cookies’ gender.
— LZinWisconsin (@lz000) December 19, 2018
This is the ideal male body. You may not like it, but this is what peak performance looks like. pic.twitter.com/gm7Pa6KNgO
— Mannheim Steamroller Season (@soundkitties) December 19, 2018
Bruce responded to critics on Twitter, implying that she was just joking about the whole thing.
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) December 19, 2018
And, of course, Carlson drew his own conclusion from the story.
“So maybe the lesson is that the rest of us shouldn’t participate in our own spiritual neutering,” he said.
Tucker Carlson Tonight airs weeknights at 8 p.m. on Fox News.
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