In case you missed it, Fox and Friends host Gretchen Carlson walked off the set yesterday following a sexist joke made by co-host Brian Kilmeade.
In response to a line from Steve Doocy about how the US Navy Sea Chanters have included women since 1980, Kilmeade quipped, “women are everywhere. We’re letting them play golf and tennis now. It’s out of control.”
“You know what? You read the headlines! Take them away!” responded Carlson, smiling as she walked off the set.
Carlson’s choice to smile as she left the set has been met with mixed interpretations, with Mediaite calling it “faux outrage” and The Frisky saying she walked off “Jokingly” while others like Jezebel and Think Progress reading nothing into her smile.
Sexism, or for that matter racism, homophobia, or any other hatred-inspired bigotry on Fox News aren’t exactly rare occurrences. So it’s not entirely clear if the show’s lone female host was smiling in jest or in an effort to maintain composure. My money is on her finally realizing her co-hosts would rather she stay in the kitchen, and by extension, that the network represents a political stance that isn’t exactly in her best interests. If not, she’s beyond help.