Apparently, Tucker Carlson was once approached in a public restroom by a guy asking him for sex, or coming on to him in some way. So, how does he say he handled it? He apparently left the restroom, and then went back in and beat the crap out of the guy.
Now, this has happened to a lot of people. I have never been approached in a public restroom, but I have been approached other places. You know how I’ve handled it? "No thank you" generally works wonders, or if they’re a little more aggressive "Get the f*** away from me," might be a good follow up. But if Carlson had already left the bathroom, obviously, no one held him against his will, and it was his choice to go back into the bathroom and beat the guy up.
In fact, Carlson was asked to account for his behavior. This is from the New York Daily News:
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network called for an apology.
Explaining himself yesterday, Carlson said the man "physically grabbed me."
"I yelled, pulled away from him and ran out of the room. Twenty-five
minutes later, a friend of mine and I returned to the men’s room," he
said. "My friend and I seized the man and held him until a security
Carlson denied he engaged in gay-bashing.
"I wasn’t angry with the man because he was gay. I was angry because he assaulted me," he said.
Now, there is one thing missing from the above, as you see in the video. In the original video, when he wasn’t being defensive, Carlson claimed he and his friend slammed the guy’s head against the stall door.
How is that not gay bashing? And I find it hard to believe they waited 25 minutes to go back in and get the guy. In other words, Tucker, being a typical right winger, is lying to explain his behavior.
What’s even more bothersome is that Joe Scarborough and Dan Abrams seem to giggle in that "boys will be boys" that way. Shouldn’t there at least be an acknowledgment that what carlson did was stupid and wrong? And what about the double standard? Should every woman who is propositioned by a guy in a public place beat the crap out of him, because it’s inappropriate? And why are so many supposedly "macho" men — you know, the kind who think beating the shit out of people is the "manly" thing to do, and who think that the more "macho" they act, the more manly they seem — scared to death of gay men who come on to them?
It reminds me of the gays in the military issue. One of the things the anti-gay idiots like to cite is the apparent threat to the average soldier of having a man in the shower checking out his package. In other words, we’re supposed to believe that men who are trained in hand-to-hand combat with armed people bent on killing them, face an imminent threat by a guy staring at their ass.
If you don’t want to have sex with a guy, tell him no. If he insists, or tries to force you to, then you defend yourself. But you don’t get to beat him up, just because he offends you and makes you feel icky.
Be a man, for Chrissakes…