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Fox & Friends Shreds Taylor Swift for Supporting LGBTQ People at VMAs

Fox & Friends Shreds Taylor Swift for Supporting LGBTQ People at VMAs

Allie Beth Stuckey and Taylor Swift

Antigay conservative commentator Allie Beth Stuckey basically says Taylor Swift isn't smart enough to make a call for basic human rights. 

Fox & Friends, the conservative show that recently rubbed in Chick-fil-A's history of anti-LGBTQ stances by eating the food on-air, invited conservative commentator Allie Beth Stuckey on Tuesday to criticize Taylor Swift's support of LGBTQ rights at Monday's MTV Video Music Awards. Stuckey, who has a history of sending anti-LGBTQ tweets while pretending to be accepting of the community, basically accused Swift of not being smart enough to wade through arguments around social issues.

Over the past year, Swift has become more politically outspoken, showing support for LGBTQ and other marginalized people. She delivered a speech on behalf of LGBTQ equality while accepting an award for Video of the Year (voted on by fans) for "You Need to Calm Down." The video is a celebration of LGBTQ identity that features famous queer people including Laverne Cox, Todrick Hall, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Hayley Kiyoko.

"In this video, several points were made, so you voting for this video means that you want a world, where we're all treated equally under the law," she said."At the end of this video, there was a petition, and there still is a petition for the Equality Act, which basically just says we all deserve equal rights under the law."

"It now has half a million signatures, which is five times the amount that it would need to warrant a response from the White House," Swift said, looking at her watch to indicate that the time is up.

Meanwhile, Stuckey was brought on to Fox & Friends to criticize those who used the VMA platform to make a political statement, like GLOW star Alison Brie, who called the Trump administration's treatment of immigrants "unconstitutional."

Stuckey, who responded to Trump's trans military ban by claiming, "Sorry, but prohibiting trans people from serving and being a 'friend of the LGBT community' actually aren't mutually exclusive," attempted to poke holes in Swift's call for human rights by saying the pop singer isn't educated enough on the issues to make a political argument.

"People like them [who make political statements Stuckey does not agree with], especially people like Taylor Swift -- the beauty, the charm of them is that they were politically neutral. At least that's true for Taylor Swift," Stuckey said. "Now she's kind of waded into these political waters, and it doesn't seem like they really know what they're talking about."

"They're not convincing anyone in the middle of the country or anyone who disagrees with them because they don't actually have any kind of viable argument," said Stuckey, who has criticized LGBTQ people for fighting against being discriminated against by homophobic bakers and the like.

"They like to get up there and, of course, use the buzz phrase that we use a lot, virtue signal without too much substance to their argument," Stuckey said about calls for basic human rights.

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.
Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.