Fox & Friends Hosts Reach New Lows Joking About Ray Rice’s Brutal Attack on Janay Palmer

fox-friends-riceI 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:


Allen Clifton

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  • Gary Smith

    These have to be the most clueless, tonedeaf, callous comments I’ve ever heard from Douchey …. and that’s really saying something.

  • Sondra Rene Eisenman

    yes that was uncalled for.

  • Pipercat

    I love those throwback bar stools!

  • Hello?

    Umm…if this is a “conservative” news channel, why is she sitting on a stool in that very short, very red dress? No shame or decency and pure hypocrisy to say they’re “conservative”.

  • Cemetery Girl

    Completely disgusting jokes. (I know, what is funnier than a large athlete beating a smaller woman, right? Guess I need to grow a funny bone.) I believe that the attitudes people have towards domestic violence could only be changed if they had it happen to themselves. I read an article yesterday about how the NFL is reacting. Most comments said he shouldn’t even punished by the NFL because she stayed with him. They reasoned that if being beaten unconscious was so bad she would have left. Domestic violence does not work that way. Domestic violence actually works more like the textbook progression of drug addiction. The relationship starts off fine, the person seems alright. (It’s not like on the first date a guy ends the date with giving the girl a black eye.) After a little time he starts showing signs of anger and starts the belittling and emotional abuse. The emotional abuse is really the key. He has to strip her of any confidence. He has to convince her that other people think negatively of her (usually during angery outbursts) and she’s lucky that even though she makes him angery by being so stupid, ugly, incompetent (wide variety of insults) he does love her (and she’s so lucky that he does, he will make that clear.) His angery outbursts are never his fault, it is always outside influences and she is always one of them. As the emotional abuse builds physical acts will begin. Most likely he will physically show his anger on something else initially (like punch a wall.) All this time he is severing your connections that are supportive of you. (Can’t have a support system that will counteract the degrading!) Once the physical attacks start, they start smaller, usually. This will increase the post abuse apologies. (The “I’m sorry, but if you just wouldn’t make me so mad by being so [insert insulting reason] then it wouldn’t have happened.” He has to continue to promote the idea that he is taxed with loving someone so unlovable.) Then the abuse grows. Like drug addiction, there’s really only two ways out: realizing how horrible your situation has become (rock bottom) or death. It all builds up so subtly, and before you realize it you’re in a bad place and in danger.

  • pinballsdoll

    watch what happens….they will start defending him just because the president said it’s never the right thing to hit a woman.

  • Larry Hardee

    These reporters should be fired from their jobs for making light of domestic violence,boycott False Noise until all 3 are fired.

  • disqus_c95iRLcttx

    I get the message from Fox news that beating women is a joke. Got it.

  • Samantha Blue

    The discussion was almost decent until that asinine “take the stairs” comment. How about “Don’t beat up your significant other, EVER”? HELLO???

  • Pamela Lynn Miller

    I think they are making fun of them both!! The man and woman, the men for doing it, and the women for staying with them…… so, in other words if you are going to live that way, and there is really no known punishment,…….keep it private, as not to influence others that it’s normal to do this……….”take the stairs”.