‘Let Men Be Men’: Fox News Defends Street Harassment of Women as ‘Flattering’
Responding to a New York Post article that encouraged women to respond to “flattering” catcalls, the women of Fox News’ Outnumbered boiled the issue down to its core: “it’s nice to get compliments.”
Former Clueless star Stacey Dash, who joined Fox earlier this year, said that she didn’t mind being catcalled, “As long as you don’t come within arm’s length of me it’s good. I don’t care.”
Kirsten Powers added, “Well when I was younger I didn’t like it. It used to bother me. I thought like ‘Oh, this is so sexist la-la-la.’ Now I’m like, if I don’t, it doesn’t happen, I’m like, ‘Excuse me?!’ Yeah now it, so now it’s good.”
Kimberly Guilfoyle said that it gets awkward if her son is around when she is catcalled but added that he’s “used to it by now.”
“Well, listen, I mean let men be men,” Guilfoyle said. “God bless ‘em. I love ‘em. I just love ‘em. You know look men are gonna be that way. What can you do?”
Guest Arthur Aidala then jumped in, saying that he has a “tactic” for showing women on the street that they’ve “earned his approval,” standing up and demonstrating a slow clap. That “tactic” gets a 90 percent success rate at garnering a smile, he said.
Sandra Smith then jumped in and said, “Come on, be honest though, sometimes it can be done in distaste” before changing her mind on Aidala’s approach and saying, “I think that was effective. I think, I searched for my true honest reaction. I think, Arthur, I would be flattered.”