I just watched one of the most flippant, inappropriate segments concerning domestic violence I think I’ve ever witnessed. So it doesn’t surprise me that this pathetic display comes from the “good folks” over at Fox News.
By now I’m sure most everyone is well aware of the now former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s brutal attack on his then-fiancée Janay Palmer in an elevator in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Up until yesterday, all we had really been shown was the video of Rice pulling her unconscious body from the elevator. And even that video alone was disturbing enough. Her body just lying there, face first on floor, half way between being in and out of the elevator. It’s sickening.
Well, as many of you also might know, TMZ recently released another video from inside the elevator itself showing Rice’s actual assault. To say the video is awful would be an understatement. While the entire incident is disturbing to watch, I think the part that bothers me most is how little remorse or reaction he has after literally knocking his fiancée unconscious.
He just knocked this woman unconscious, saw her head nail a railing in the elevator as she fell to the floor, and he just stood there. He doesn’t check on her. Heck, he doesn’t even seem to act as if this was anything new. He just stood there over her unconscious body until the elevator eventually stopped. At which point he decided to drag her out her out of the elevator like an animal.
And what’s the lesson the good folks over at Fox & Friends say we should take from this whole incident? Take the stairs.
No, seriously. That was the comment made by co-host Brian Kilmeade during Monday morning’s show.
After fellow co-host Steve Doocy made sure to point out that the woman did in fact marry Rice after this incident, Kilmeade said, “Rihanna went back to Chris Brown right after, a lot of people thought that was a terrible message.”
“I think the message is take the stairs,” he added.
Apparently amused by his “stairs” comment, fellow co-host Anna Kooiman actually laughed.
“The message is, when you’re in an elevator, there’s a camera,” Doocy concluded.
I’m not exactly sure what Doocy’s “message” is. Unless he’s suggesting to those who might commit domestic violence in the future, do so somewhere where there isn’t a camera present. Either way, his comment was every bit as asinine as Kilmeade’s.
Now I get people can say stupid things. I don’t think there’s any one of us who hasn’t said something that’s been absolutely inappropriate. That being said, you have to be a special kind of stupid to try to make a joke about domestic violence.
But that’s exactly what these idiots did.
Though the sad part is, I’ve watched enough Fox & Friends (and Fox News in general) to know that idiocy such as this is nothing new. So these comments, while appalling, weren’t really all that surprising considering the source.
Watch the disgusting segment below via Fox News: