On the same day Fox News fired Bill O’Reilly, another male host made a sexual joke about his female co-worker on the air. O’Reilly sexually harassing women is not the exception at Fox News. It’s the whole culture at the network.
In the past several months, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes and the network’s biggest star, Bill O’Reilly, have been ousted for sexual harassment. But if you thought getting rid of these two predators would make Fox a safe place for women to work, think again.
Sexual harassment is a systemic problem at Fox. Women are presented as and treated as sexual objects. The women at Fox are forced to wear short skirts on air so the camera can get full shots of their legs. And the treatment of women at the network just gets worse from there.
Fox didn’t fire O’Reilly when they found out about his despicable behavior. They knew about the problem, yet they covered for him for years. But O’Reilly is far from the only sexual harasser at Fox.
And they don’t even try to hide it. It’s not just something done behind closed doors. They do it openly on the air.
On The Five Wednesday, the very day Fox fired O’Reilly for being a sexual predator, Greg Gutfeld joked on the air that his female co-host, Kimberly Guilfoyle, was “giving America a raise,” insinuating that she was giving American men an erection.
Comments like this are so commonplace on Fox that none of them even blink. They just laugh it off.
BOB BECKEL (CO-HOST): Instead of cutting every fact I’ve got and just saying, and laughing it off, because it’s — you know, it’s four to one as it is. You might want to take some facts you don’t like, because a lot of them have to done with —
ERIC BOLLING (CO-HOST): Alright, give us one. Just give us one.
KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE (CO-HOST): All right, look at this — waah, waah, crybaby. Call your camp counselor.
DANA PERINO (CO-HOST): Poor Bob, no.
BECKEL: Call your dressmaker, I mean —
GUILFOYLE: And give him a raise, that’s what I’m saying. That’s what I’m saying.
GREG GUTFELD (CO-HOST): You are giving America a raise.
GUILFOYLE: Oh my god.