Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson is outraged by the use of gender-neutral pronouns, and he’s gone so far as to say there’s no such thing as a transgender community.
On Tuesday’s edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight, the host talked with his “Liberal Sherpa,” media analyst Cathy Areu, about the proliferation of gender-neutral pronouns such as “ze,” “zir,” and “yo.” Carlson, who has a history of stoking transphobia and homophobia, drew on a list posted online by the LGBTQIA Resource Center at the University of California, Davis, and asked Areu to demonstrate how to use them in sentences, because, he said, “I know very soon I’ll be forced to participate at gunpoint.”
Areu denied that and calmly went through using the various pronouns. Afterward, Carlson said such pronouns make language “dumber, less precise, and embarrassing.” She responded that they make it “smarter, not offensive, and forward-thinking.”
“In 50 years, I mean, this is just going to be automatic — we’re not going to think twice,” she continued. “The transgender community has embraced this.”
“There’s no community! What’s that even mean?” Carlson interjected, incredulously. He brought up the idea of being involuntarily included in a community and said he doesn’t want to be part of any community but his family. Areu emphasized that people can choose to be part of a community, just as they choose their pronouns. Carlson responded that the rules being imposed on society, ostensibly by progressives, are “All change is good” and “Everything is mandatory.” Watch the video below, courtesy of Media Matters.