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Thank goodness sometimes reasonable people Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle were on Bill O’Reilly’s show last night to remind the host what gender identity is all about. That didn’t keep O’Reilly from comparing the transgender employees at American Eagle to “Ewoks.”
Last week American Eagle Outfitters agreed — after some serious nudging from Make the Road New York and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo — that its policies requiring employees to wear gender-specific clothing created a whole slew of problems with transgender workers, and updated its rule book to let staffers wear whatever gender-y clothing they want.
O’Reilly’s producers got their hands on the story and, once the headline was read in the segment, I just about threw a coin in the air to see which side of the debate he would come down on. After all, O’Reilly has a mixed history of supporting queers, rationalizing homophobia, and being a nice guy and a jerk at the same time.
This time around, he chose the latter option, comparing the rights of transgender Americans to dress as they feel comfortable with the notion that they are dolling up like Dolly Parton or, ahem, like Ewoks.
Bill O’Reilly comes dressed to work every day as a stodgy elitist. Somebody should make that illegal.