Fox News' Tucker Carlson Strikes Again: 'Feminism Is Insincere'

The Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal has evoked many strong reactions, but this one is a little perplexing.

Over on Fox News Wednesday night, Tucker Carlson, discussing Hollywood's longstanding silence on Weinstein's impropriety, somehow drew the conclusion that "feminism is insincere."

Multiple women came forward in a New York Times article last week alleging sexual harassment by the Hollywood movie mogul. Many actors, including Angelina Jolie, Asia Argento, Rosanna Arquette and Gwyneth Paltrow, all followed suit this week in articles published by the Times and The New Yorker.

On Wednesday's Tucker Carlson Tonight, the Fox News anchor and political pundit Mark Steyn lambasted Hollywood for projecting itself as a liberal, inclusive and progressive community, but failing to expose Weinstein's alleged behavior sooner.

Weinstein, for his part, certainly appeared as a liberal champion, producing movies that depicted strong, complex female characters, released the college campus rape crisis documentary The Hunting Ground, and supported Democratic politicians including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Al Gore.

Carlson's "feminism" comment came as his discussion on Weinstein became more politicized.

Steyn likened the Weinstein saga to Hillary Clinton running for president and championing women, despite allegations of sexual misconduct against her husband President Bill Clinton.

"Just as Hillary was an enabler who ran fraudulently as a feminist," he said, "so these enablers in the Weinstein Company present themselves as a progressive, feminist organization."

Carlson responded: "I'm coming to the conclusion that feminism is insincere. Just throwing that out there."

Carlson has previously undermined female guests on his program, including Teen Vogue columnist Lauren Duca, who got into a back-and-forth with the broadcaster on a December episode of his show that went viral. Carlson misrepresented Duca's view that Ivanka Trump should be under more scrutiny for presenting herself as an empowering women "while supporting a candidate who is the most anti-woman candidate this country has seen in decades." Carlson suggested that meant Duca approved of Trump being accosted by a fellow passenger on a flight.

The controversial Fox News star ended the segment, "You should stick to the thigh-high boots. You're better at that," backhandedly advising Duca to write about softer topics like fashion and celebrities, not politics.

In September, Carlson bizarrely said he can relate to racism toward black people because he's an American.

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