I recently ran across Eric Bolling’s “apology” for his disgustingly sexist “boobs on the ground” remark he made a few days ago on Fox News, in reference to the United Arab Emirates’ first female fighter pilot flying bombing missions in Syria. And while he made an effort to at least sound sincere, it was complete and utter b.s.
Here, take a look for yourself:
“Fox News has received letters from viewers including from women in the military and I’m taking them to heart. Therefore, let me speak clearly and sincerely. I’m sorry for what I said. I believe that Major Al Mansouri is a hero. She’s courageous, brave and she deserves our praise and not inappropriate jokes. She has my admiration and my very, very sincere gratitude.”
Right at the beginning he shows that he isn’t being sincere with this apology. “Fox News has received letters…” that’s why he’s apologizing. The backlash over his comments has been so severe that he was forced to “apologize.”
I’ve watched enough of Bolling on Fox News to know what an arrogant blowhard he is. The best way I can describe him for anyone who might not be all that familiar with him would be to envision a “meathead bully” type who enjoys trying to make others feel bad about themselves.
But this fake “apology” isn’t enough. He needs to be fired. Because let’s not pretend that this is the first time Bolling has said something disgustingly offensive. Heck, he just hosted a segment where he blatantly endorsed the idea that our government needs to start profiling Muslims in the United States.
Bolling has made a career out of saying juvenile, idiotic comments that are clearly intended to mock or belittle other people, while pandering to the ignorance of those viewers who support him.
His “apology” seems like something that was handwritten by someone who works in the public relations department at Fox News who told him he had no choice but to read it on-air. Because that’s most likely exactly what it is.
Now, do I think anything will happen to Bolling? Of course not. This is Fox News after all. The network builds much of its content on racism, sexism and other highly insensitive content. Like calling Michelle Obama fat or mocking domestic violence.
Honestly, when you look at Fox News as a whole, Bolling’s “boobs on the ground” comment isn’t really different from anything else said by various personalities on the network. Hell, it fits right in with the overall tone of nearly everything the network produces.
So, while he should absolutely be fired for this recent comment mocking a female fighter pilot, I’d be more shocked if he wasn’t actually given a raise considering this seems to be the type of despicable behavior that’s rewarded by Fox News.