Button-pushing Fox News host Tucker Carlson's history of making misogynistic, off-color remarks on a radio show between 2006 and 2011 was exposed in a series of audio clips released over the weekend. The tapes feature Carlson, in his own words, calling women the c word, downplaying statutory rape, and making twisted remarks about wanting to watch underage girls have sex with each other at his daughter's school (if only his daughter didn't go there). In the wake of Carlson's refusal to apologize, activists and Media Matters for America, the group that released the audio of Carlson, have planned a protest at Fox News headquarters in New York City for Wednesday.
Carlson, who regularly makes anti-LGBTQ assertions on his Fox News show, frequently appeared on the radio show Bubba the Love Sponge from 2006 and 2011, where he fed the shock jock's audience a steady stream of hateful remarks about women.
Over the years Carlson called women "extremely primitive," Hillary Clinton "anti-penis," Martha Stewart's daughter Alexis Stewart "cunty," Arianna Huffington a "pig," and slammed Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan as unattractive.
"I feel sorry for unattractive women. I mean, it's nothing they did, you know. Nobody deserves that. And men are just mean," Carlson said.
Despite proof of his misogynistic remarks, Carlson, a supporter and defender of Donald Trump, refused to apologize. Instead, he called on people to watch his Fox News show.
"Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago," Carlson wrote in a statement to TheWashington Post. "Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I'm on television every weeknight live for an hour. If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why."
Among Carlson's most damning conversations on the radio show include his mitigation of Warren Jeff, the polygamist who forced underage girls into marriage and who was eventually convicted on two felony counts of child sexual assault.
"I am not defending underage marriage at all. I just don't think it's the same thing exactly as pulling a child from a bus stop and sexually assaulting that child," Carlson said. "The rapist, in this case, has made a lifelong commitment to live and take care of the person, so it is a little different."
In a conversation in 2009, Carlson cosigned that he would be into the idea of underage lesbian sexual experimentation at his daughter's boarding school if it weren't his child. While discussing boarding schools, Bubba the Love Sponge pressed Carlson to imagine what goes on behind closed doors at an all-girls school, becoming increasingly graphic in his description. Carlson pushed back at first but eventually conceded, "If it weren't my daughter I would love that scenario." The host then asked how old Carlson's daughter was and he replied that she was 14.
Regarding the upcoming protest of Carlson and Fox News, Media Matters's Angelo Carusone said in a statement:
"Tucker Carlson's dangerous misogyny, defense of domestic abusers and statutory rapists, and perverted comments about underage girls are vile -- but frankly, they shouldn't be shocking for anyone who has watched his program before -- this is the real Tucker Carlson, and this is the real Fox News.
"This isn't the first time a Fox News host has gotten the network in trouble, and it won't be the last. Fox News is racist, bigoted, sexist, toxic and a pro-Trump propaganda operation without any concern for truth. The message to companies and their media buyers is clear: No matter what time of day advertise on Fox News, you support the network's extremism and bigotry. Quarantining your ads to only a small subset of programs will not insulate your brand from public rebuke when Fox News' next controversy strikes. Both the 'news side' and the 'opinion side' are cogs in the same propaganda machine. The network as a whole is the problem, not merely a few prime-time hosts."