Harvard Student Tells Fox News 'Empty Activist' Climate Protests Ruined Harvard-Yale Football Game: 'Our Favorite Day'

An "annoyed" Harvard University student appeared on Fox News Monday to complain about the "empty activism" of climate change protesters who he said ruined Saturday's Harvard-Yale football game.

Monday morning's Fox & Friends mocked protesters who took the field during the Ivy League football matchup as part of students' latest demands for both schools to stop investing their massive endowments in the fossil fuel industry. Christopher Colby, a senior at Harvard, complained that he and his classmates were very "annoyed" by the 48-minute delay to the game, which saw protesters take the field and chant "OK Boomer."

Colby claimed that the 150 or so "uneducated" climate activists ruined "our favorite day" and likely couldn't afford to attend Harvard or Yale universities without the help of the schools' nearly $71 billion in combined endowments frequently used to provide financial aid.

Colby offered a dry joke that Harvard and Yale are not Southeastern Conference (SEC) schools before going into his primary complaint: "we don't have many big football games."

"We love our football game, our Harvard-Yale historic game, the oldest football game in the country. And these protesters decided that their version of empty activism for this weekend was going to sit in the middle of the field during the game. Right in the middle of it, wasting everyone's time," the conservative Campus Reform correspondent lamented.

"I have to say, most people were pretty nonplussed, the protest was pretty poorly planned, most of my friends were just irked, pretty annoyed that they got their time taken away from them. But our biggest takeaway was this was just another empty activist thing that liberals tend to do on big days," Colby continued, maintaining a smug smirk.

Sidney Carlson-White, a Yale student and Fossil Free Yale spokesperson, described the overarching reason for the protest to The Washington Post, "Our education is funded at times by Puerto Rican debt, the fossil fuel industry and private prisons." The protest was later praised by "Green New Deal" champions, Senator Bernie Sanders and congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, on social media.

"Activism disrupts the present to change the future," the New York Democrat responded Saturday, showing video of the delay.

Over the weekend, several right-wing figures, including Turning Point USA's Charlie Kirk railed against the Harvard-Yale climate change protesters, urging police to arrest them for criminal trespassing. "It's time to get tough with these narcissistic, entitled activists."

Despite conservatives' complaints about the brief football game protest, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released data Monday showing CO2 and greenhouse gas levels are increasing at even higher rates than they did in the previous decade. Warming gases, including methane and nitrous oxide surged to new records in 2018, and have led to a 43 percent increase in the warming effect on the planet in the past ten years.

Local news outlets reported that police arrested two-dozen of the protesters, but that didn't curb Colby's complaints Monday morning on Fox & Friends.

"They pick our favorite day, and then they do whatever they want with it. I have to say, it's really quite annoying. I don't think the protest accomplished much," the Harvard student said.

Colby concluded by claiming that Harvard, which has the country's largest endowment of $38.3 billion, and Yale, which has about $29.3 billion, might be reluctant to help students pay for their $53,000-a-year tuition costs should they continue to protest how the endowments are funded.

"[The schools will] probably cut financial aid to students and things to students who really need that money," Fox News co-host Steve Doocy suggested.

Colby, a Texan native, concurred, "It's ironic that the people taking the field, these uneducated protesters that just want blanket action, they're the ones ... who wouldn't have funding to go to school anymore."

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