New Petition Asks Fox Host Who Called Pepper-Spray "Food" to Try Ingesting It

Pepper spray has entered the public discourse rapidly since the horrific use of it at UC Davis last week. It has prompted hand-wringing and serious discussion about police overreach. But it's also entered pop culture, with a point.

People have been sending the pepper-spraying cop through famous artworks as a "meme" (see below) and writing incredibly snarky Amazon coments.

For example:

When I feel threatened by students, no matter how unarmed, peaceful and seated they may be, I know that Defense Technology 56895 MK-9 Stream, 1.3% Red Band/1.3% Blue Band Pepper Spray has got my back as I casually spray away at point blank range.

It really is the Cadillac of citizen repression technology"

Now there's a humorous petition on Change.orgto demand that Fox Host Megyn Kelley, who called peper spray "essentially, a food" to try eating it: "To back up your claim that pepper spray is a food product, please consume as much of it as was sprayed on each protestor's face, in one sitting, on camera at Fox News. You may mix the spray with one serving of food or drink, as I am not a sadist. Then, please relate the effects to your audience." It now has over 12,000 signatures

For more on how the pepper-spraying has spread through pop culture to illustrate just how absurd and awful the incident was, read a serious article at the New York Times, or a pop culture rundown at Know Your Meme. The Times reports on its creator's horror at its use:


To Kamran Loghman, who helped develop pepper spray into a weapons-grade material with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the 1980s, the incident at Davis violated his original intent.

“I have never seen such an inappropriate and improper use of chemical agents,” Mr. Loghman said in an interview.

Mr. Loghman, who also helped develop guidelines for police departments using the spray, said that use-of-force manuals generally advise that pepper spray is appropriate only if a person is physically threatening a police officer or another person.


See more on Know Your Meme

See more on Know Your Meme

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at November 23, 2011, 3:56am

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