By Rebecca Juro
Originally published on Advocate.com July 11 2014 3:26 PM ET
When Fox News’ Fox & Friends tried to stir up transphobia among its viewers by mocking the institution of gender-neutral bathrooms at Illinois State University, host Steve Doocy got a rude awakening when he took Fox’s cameras to the streets for some reactions to the news.
Fox aired a report Wednesday mocking trans people and the new bathroom designations beginning with an admonition to “Call out the PC police!” Chuckling throughout the report, host Heather Nauert claimed, “We’re all a little confused by it.”
When Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy took to the street just outside Fox’s midtown Manhattan studios the following day, though, he found that even Fox’s own viewers just weren’t buying into what the right-wing news channel was trying to sell them.
When Doocy held up a sign showing the new graphics for “all-gender” bathrooms and asked viewers what they thought it meant, the first person he asked, a preteen boy, guessed, “A family restroom?” “That’s exactly right!” Doocy responded. “Now they’re apparently going to be known as ‘all-gender’ restrooms.”
Doocy moved on to a young woman and asked her if she thought it made sense. “Restrooms for both genders.” she replied. Doocy agreed, “Restrooms for both genders or transgender.” Another man nodded in agreement. “Transgender. That’s right,” he said when Doocy directed the microphone toward him.
Doocy tried one more time, indicating a half-man, half-woman graphic in the center of the sign and offering, “The middle part has thrown some people.” “Well, it looks like male at the top and female at the bottom,” another man said. “I don’t get the red and the blue, other than to be politically correct.” “Pink,” A chastened Doocy corrected the man, before throwing it back to the studio amid a chorus of laughter from his audience.
Watch the segments below, courtesy of Media Matters.