After co-host Jessica Tarlov said it is respectful to use the proper pronouns when discussing transgender people, the panel on Fox News’ “The Five” descended into chaos.
The discussion on the panel first focused on Riley Gaines, a former rival of transgender swimmer Lia Thomas, who made headlines for opposing biological male sportsmen playing in women’s sports.
According to Tarlov, the sole Democrat on the panel that episode, there is a “tremendous spike in attacks and violent crime targeted at transgender people because that’s something that’s going on all across the country.”
“It is important to treat people with dignity and respect when you are using or when you are talking about these issues. And part of that is using the correct pronouns,” Tarlov insisted.
Co-host Katie Pavlich retorted to Tarlov’s absurd assertion with a strong “No,” which was echoed by fellow panelist, Joey Jones. Tarlov immediately defended her point of view by respond to Pavlich with, “Yes, it is. It doesn’t hurt you at all to call Lia Thomas–”
Tarlov was immediately interrupted by her co-host Greg Gutfeld, who wasn’t taking any of what he believed to be a nonsensensical assertion on the matter by Tarlov when he said she does not have the right to tell them how to address others.
“It makes me a liar,” Jones insisted.
“Don’t compel my language. Do not–you have no right to compel me to say anything. That’s the beauty of this world,” Gutfeld added.
The other panelists supported Tarlov’s freedom to express her views and hold them, but they did not believe that others should be compelled to agree. Upon this point, the conversation went on.
“On the feminism issue though, women in general and feminists… are all supportive of trans people and trans rights. That doesn’t necessarily mean that we are immune to understanding the competitive aspect of what this is on the college level, the high school level, and beyond…” Tarlov claimed.
Jones tried to go to a commercial break, but Gutfeld interrupted him once more.
“There’s a trend in Jessica’s defense when she talked about the homeless and trans, that when you make a criticism, you then connect it to attacks against these groups. We should be able to criticize anything and not be blamed for a rise and attacks against trans. Trans are maybe a tenth of a percent of the population. You have to work really hard to go seek one out,” Gutfeld said.
Pushing back, Tarlov said, “To that point then, whenever we talk about gun violence and people point out that more white people are killed by cops than Black people are. That’s an important part of the conversation that you would bring up.”
'The Five' lose their shit when liberal host Jessica Tarlov says it doesn't hurt them to refer to Lia Thomas as she/her.
"It makes me a liar!"
"You have NO RIGHT to compel me to say ANYTHING!" pic.twitter.com/PkG83K3o8k
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) April 27, 2023
While the network deals with the repercussions of removing top-rated host Tucker Carlson from the air, Gutfeld has had a great week. In actuality, Gutfeld has had a historic week as he continues to dominate cable news as the co-host of “The Five” and his own late-night program, “Gutfeld!”
The popular host also just announced a new book, titled, “The King of Late Night,” which will be released July 25, and details how Gutfeld “destroyed the mainstream late-night landscape of heavyweights and became the host of the #1 late night show in all of television,” Conservative Brief reported.
With an astounding 2.62 million total views on Wednesday night, “The Five” was the most watched program on all of cable news. CNN’s “Situation Room” attracted a pitiful 698,000 total viewers during the same 5 PM ET timeslot, while Newsmax’s “Frontline” attracted 282,000.
Another study highlights how Gutfeld’s late-night program has attracted record numbers of viewers for Fox News.
“The show replaced news program Fox News @ Night in April 2021, and has made double-digit gains on Fox since, with a 44 percent boost in total viewers and a 25 percent gain in the key 25-54 age demographic. Since its debut, Gutfeld! has averaged 1.9 million total viewers and 332,000 in the key demo. That audience has only grown from the debut: its first episode brought in about 1.7 million viewers total and 318,000 demo viewers — a strong showing that topped all of cable news at 11 p.m.,” Mediaite reported.