Anyone who’s ever said “so easy a child can do it,” has never reckoned with the mentally deficient folks over at Fox “News.” Media Matters reports the hosts of Fox and Friends found themselves completely baffled and outraged by Illinois State University’s new, gender neutral, transgender-friendly bathroom signs. Alas, the group of adults and children interviewed by Co-Host Steve Doocey thwarted his attempts to shock them — and the audience — and whip them into an enraged frenzy.
The signs replaced the ones for mixed-gender “family restrooms” used by parents and caregivers with young, opposite-sex children. They were redesigned to be more welcoming to transgender people, who often get harassed for using regular restrooms.
Unfortunately for Fox and Friends, neither the children nor the adults had any difficulties with understanding the sign, and none of them were in the least bit perturbed. This in spite of the segment’s provocative title, “Bathroom Boondoggle: Are New Gender Signs Just Too Confusing?”
First, the folks in the studio laughed about the university’s new bathroom signs and went on about how the signs were “too confusing,” and forced on America by the “politically correct police.” Because every time we try to set anyone at ease in this country, the right-wingers screech about “Political correctness.” As if treating people who are different from us with courtesy and respect is a bad thing.
Fox fans not particularly freaked out by gender neutral bathrooms.
Doocey then took to the streets, found a group of “Fox fans” near their studio in New York City, and showed them a blown-up poster version of the new sign. The poster consisted of three symbols — a blue man with blocky shoulders, a red woman with curved shoulders and a skirt, and a blue man wearing the red skirt.
First Doocey showed the poster to an older boy in a red basketball cap and asked, “If this was on a door, would you have any idea of what this meant?”
The boy quite reasonably answered, “maybe a family restroom?” He didn’t seem to have a problem with a family that includes a blue man wearing a skirt.
Doocey feebly attempted to bring on the rage by not-so-subtly accusing transgender folks of stealing restrooms away from God-fearing American families, but no dice.
“A family restroom. That’s exactly right. […] See, they WERE designated as family restrooms in the past. And now, apparently, they’re going to be known as ALL-gender restrooms. Does that make sense?”
A young lady responded cheerily, “a restroom for both genders.”
Doocey, prompted, “both genders. Or transgender.” Still no dice.
A buff, bearded bald man affably nodded, “Transgender. That’s right.”
Doocey heavily dropped another hint: “The middle part has thrown some people.”
To which a tall man in a collared shirt answered, “Looks like male at the top, female at the bottom.” He didn’t seem to have any problem with that, but quizzically remarked, “I don’t get the red and the blue.” He then somewhat obliged poor, hapless Doocey with a mild joke about political correctness.
Meanwhile, the gang back at the studio awkwardly coped with their woeful lack of angry audience members tweeting and calling in.
Watch Fox’s outrage over gender neutral, transgender-friendly bathrooms go over like a lead balloon.