Tucker Carlson delivers baffling misogynistic argument claiming COVID 'feminizes' victims
Fox News' Tucker Carlson has a new, bizarre analogy about the COVID-19 pandemic and the individuals who have suffered from the virus.
On Wednesday, December 8, Carlson appeared on his Fox News streaming show, "Tucker Carlson Today," where he spoke to British broadcaster, Nigel Farage. At one point during the segment, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's COVID hospitalization became a topic of discussion and Carlson claimed COVID “'feminizes' and emasculates" infected individuals, according to HuffPost.
“So somebody who knows him told me ― and I’d be interested in getting your take on this ― that getting COVID emasculated him, it changed him, it feminized him, it weakened him as a man,” said the conservative primetime news host.
However, Farage offered a different perspective as he reminded Carlson of the groups of individuals most vulnerable to COVID. “Well, I think he was very seriously ill,” Farage replied. “One of the things we have learned from COVID is people who are 50, 60, 70, 80 pounds overweight tend to have fared very badly.”
Despite no evidence of his claims, Carlson continued down the same path suggesting COVID infection is merely a sign of weakness. “But the virus itself,” Carlson said. “This is true ― does tend to take away the life force in some people, I notice. I mean, it does feminize people. No one ever says that, but it’s true.”
Tucker Carlson: Getting COVID \u201cdoes feminize people. No one ever says that but it\u2019s true\u201d \n\nhttps://www.mediamatters.org/tucker-carlson/tucker-carlson-getting-covid-does-feminize-people-no-one-ever-says-its-true\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/BoSARprISM— nikki mccann ram\u00edrez (@nikki mccann ram\u00edrez) 1639001462
Carlson's latest remarks follow a long history of controversial dialogue based on sexism, misogyny and other offensive rhetoric. Huffpost also highlighted Carlson's remarks made earlier this year as he suggested that feminity is synonymous to weakness.
At the time, he claimed pregnant members of the armed forces are “making a mockery of the U.S. military.” “While China’s military becomes more masculine as it’s assembled the world’s largest navy, our military, as Joe Biden says, needs to become more feminine — whatever feminine means anymore since men and women no longer exist,” he said.
When his history of sexism and misogyny was highlighted by nonprofit media watchdog Media Matters, he refused to issue a statement of apology for his remarks.