Tucker the Basher

I had to copy this out of the last entry and put it here because Tucker Carlson’s on-air admission on MSNBC that he and a friend smashed a guy’s head into a bathroom stall because the guy “bothered” him.

I got the above clip from MediaMatters.org, and good thing! Because MSNBC has been replaying portions of that program, conveniently cutting out the part where Carlson talks about bashing the guy’s head into a stall wall.

This is why they call it “homophobia”. I find it odd that I’m about to draw a parallel between one-time-bow-tie-wearing-on-air-dandy and a bunch of construction worker types that hoot and whistle at women who walk by a work site, but there it is. Take it as a sign of either how twisted the Conservatives have become or as a sign of how pervasive anti-gay sentiments are. But this phenomenon of outsized reactions by “straight” males to being the target of a come-on or flirtation (the jury is still waaaaay out about Carlson, but I’ll get to that later): they just can’t handle unwanted sexual advances or even comments.

Do they feel their testicles climb up into their body cavities (yes, ladies, it can happen) when they’re similarly objectified by another man? At the very least, these guys are lacking the ability to empathize with the experience of the women they themselves objectify.

So Carlson gets hit on by a guy and poor Tucker gets a friend or two to help him beat up the guy that made an advance. Nice. To add to all this, unsurprisingly, are claims by gay men of having had sex with Carlson. At least one claims it was located—wait for it—in a bathroom stall.

And so far, MSNBC is not only editing its own content on Carlson’s (and their own) behalf, but they’re oddly silent about making any comment whatsoever about what transpired on-air. I mean, they do know that there are recordings out there, right? And the internet? Pretending that the on-line world has no impact on their own business would be like, say, NBC Universal thinking that they can strong-arm Apple and then do without iTunes as a sales channel. Ahem.

More editing, where Carlson issued a statement later:

Let me be clear about an incident I referred to on MSNBC last night: In the mid-1980s, while I was a high school student, a man physically grabbed me in a men’s room in Washington, DC. I yelled, pulled away from him and ran out of the room. Twenty-five minutes later, a friend of mine and I returned to the men’s room. The man was still there, presumably waiting to do to someone else what he had done to me. My friend and I seized the man and held him until a security guard arrived.

Several bloggers have characterized this is a sort of gay bashing. That’s absurd, and an insult to anybody who has fought back against an unsolicited sexual attack. I wasn’t angry with the man because he was gay. I was angry because he assaulted me.

However, what he said on the air was:

I’ve been bothered in men’s rooms. [Later,] I went back with someone I knew and grabbed the guy by the — you know, and grabbed him, and … [h]it him against the stall with his head, actually.

See what he’s done? “Bothered” gets trumped up to “assaulted”, and “him him against the stall with his head, actually” gets toned down to “seized the man and held him” for a security guard to handle.

Jesus Christ in a Bathroom Stall. Again! Recorded content, Tucker!

MediaMatters has started a drive to get MSNBC to make some kind of comment about what Carlson did and said, because so far they’re letting an unrepentent gay-basher get off (so to speak) scot free. So go visit their page and write to MSNBC and tell them how you feel.

Now, admittedly, the likely means by which you’ll contact MSNBC involves the internet, so they may not pay much attention.

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