First, the folks over on FOX made a misogynistic joke regarding a female pilot. Then, the half-hearted not-apology, and now, the full smack-down, courtesy of the United States Military Veterans.
On Thursday, The Five decided to live up to the sort of blind jingoism and Military Worship that right-wingers are constantly demanding of others when Fox Host Greg Gutfield joked about a female pilot, Mariam Al Mansouri, not being able to park a fighter jet she piloted. Idiot Eric Bolling took it further, asking whether or not it would be called “boobs on the ground.”
Then, on Friday, Bolling revealed his wife was just a little upset with his asinine remark. So on air, he apologized to his wife — but not the female pilot that he insulted. In that not-apology, he said that he “got the look” when he got home and he realized that “some people didn’t think it was funny at all.”
He was right; quite a few people didn’t find his remarks funny, including a number of retired military personnel. A number of retired military personnel who, in an open letter, stepped up to remind both armchair cowboys that it’s better to let people think you’re a fool than to open your mouth and prove it.
“Dear Mr. Bolling and Mr. Gutfield,” the letter begins, and goes on to tear into the Dumb Duo, saying that Bolling and Gufield’s statements regarding Air Force Major Mariam Al Mansouri were “unwarranted, offensive, and fundamentally opposed” to what authors had learned while in the military. The authors pointed out that women had been involved in combat missions since before either of them were born; “over 1,000 Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) flew during World War II.”
Thus the skill of women as fighter pilots is well established. And before you jump to the standby excuse that you were “just making a joke” or “having a laugh,” let the men amongst our number preemptively respond: You are not funny. You are not clever. And you are not excused. Perhaps the phrase “boys will be boys”—inevitably uttered wherever misogyny is present—is relevant. Men would never insult and demean a fellow servicemember; boys think saying the word ‘boobs’ is funny.
The letter pointed out the less obvious implication of their idiotic remarks, as well; by offending an ally and “cheapening her contribution,” they were “actively hurting the mission” and that “we need to send a clear message that anyone, male or female, who will stand up to ISIS and get the job done is worthy of our respect and gratitude.”
They closed the letter by taking both men down by more than a few pegs:
We issue an apology on your behalf to Major Al Mansouri knowing that anything your producers force you to say will be contrived and insincere. Major, we’re sincerely sorry for the rudeness; clearly, these boys don’t take your service seriously, but we and the rest of the American public do.
The open letter, which was signed by over 50 former veterans from all branches of the military, can be read in full here. As for Bolling and Gutfield, know there’s not enough Gorilla Glue and duct tape on the planet to fix what little dignity you had that they just crushed.