Jon Stewart Rips Apart Fox News, Senate for ‘Sh*tty Sexism’

stewart-gillibrandPerhaps many of you have heard about the disgusting accusations of sexual harassment Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has said she’s experienced in the United States Senate. Though she didn’t list any specific names, she claims she’s experienced harassment such as unwanted touching and several colleagues commenting on her weight. At one point claiming she was told “don’t get too porky” by one of her male colleagues.

She even apparently had a southern congressman tell her that she’s even pretty when she’s fat.

Just, wow.

Well, in true Jon Stewart fashion, he tore into not only this behavior in the Senate, but Fox News as well for a recent segment they had on Outnumbered where the five co-hosts made absolute fools out of themselves defending male sexual harassment toward women.

He went on to say it was a bit ironic that she was being harassed by male congressmen, many of whom often, “look, on a good day, like a bowl of dried fruit.”

Stewart then set his sights on Fox News, saying, “At least some women still appreciate the fine art of the cat call.” That’s when the clip from Outnumbered was shown where each co-host seemed more than enthusiastic about supporting sexism and sexual harassment. With Stacey Dash saying sexual harassment is fine with her – as long as it’s done at arm’s length.

Then he brought on The Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams who absolutely crushed the hosts on Outnumbered for essentially suggesting that sexual harassment is fine because, as Outnumbered co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle said, we need to just “let men be men.”

Williams went on to point out that women don’t go out in public to put on a show, saying, “Believe it or not, getting the horny clap of approval does not make my day. It actually creeps me out.”

She had plenty more to say, but you’d really just have to watch the segment to fully grasp it. Pretty much everything she said was spot-on.

Though we’ve come a long way from the “Mad Men” days of sexual harassment and male chauvinism in the workplace, it’s clear we still have a long way to go.

Watch the segment below via Comedy Central

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  • Jim Bean

    The behavior of the Fox co-hosts can be explained in two words. “Emotional maturity.’ They’re not convinced that every natural human behavior has to ‘regulated’ to comply with the Left’s ever-evolving statutes of political correctness. The reaction by Stewart can be explained with one. “Money”. He knows he’s playing to an anal retentive audience always thirsting for some reason to think they’re better than someone else.

    • TripleMoon

      Political correctness? I call it being polite. It’s never been polite to cat call, whistle, or make personal comments about someones appearance. What ever happened to good manners?

    • Cemetery Girl

      How is it mature to ignore that a woman has no interest in hearing “can I get some fries with that shake” (or something even worse) when walking past a stranger? Appreciating the physical attractiveness of another person is one thing, but vulgarities are unwanted. Glancing at an attractive person is natural (everyone would need blinders to prevent it), but blatant ogling will probably make that person uncomfortable. “Excuse me, but I just wanted to tell you that you have beautiful (hair, eyes, whatever as long as it isn’t T & A)” will probably be received as flattering, while “dang girl, you so hot I wouldn’t even kick you out of my bed in the morning” won’t. Of course environment also plays a big factor. Example, complementing an attractive feature during a job interview would be poor timing. Maturity includes having a sense of knowing what or when something said would make another person uncomfortable and then avoiding making that person uncomfortable.

      • Jim Bean

        I agree with you. But you can’t legislate maturity. And another component of maturity is having enough emotional stability that something said by a jerk just rolls off your back.

      • Cemetery Girl

        There is a difference between a right to say something and it being OK to say something. Vulgarity and unwanted comments are generally unwanted. Females are raised to ignore it, let it roll off your back. Females are getting tired of behaviors that are “just guys being guys”. We are tired of hearing that is just the right guys have and we need to be good sports about it. If you don’t respond positively or just ignore it then you’re being a b**** just by saying to stop it. How about we adopt an attitude that instead of women just need to accept vulgar behavior we allow men to behave that way (legally, they can cat call) but we call them out for being disgusting for it. Let’s try a period of time where if a guy is acting in a disgusting manner people (not just the female he is creeping out) tell him he’s being a pig. Some guys won’t like it. They will not like that people consider them a jerk for their behavior, but we call people out on their other bad social behavior. We all recognize that cutting in front of someone in a line is socially unacceptable. We all recognize that making a huge mess in a public place and not cleaning it up is socially unacceptable. How about we take the attitude that making unwanted sexual comments is socially unacceptable. Apply it unilaterally, females shouldn’t do it to males either. (That way someone can use the tired garbage of then women will make sure to reverse the problem as the typical worry of revenge for the minority against the majority.)