On Friday’s The O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly had a few yucks at the expense of transgender prisoner Michelle Kosilek, who murdered her wife a decade ago when she was still known as Robert.
Aside from refusing to use the proper pronouns when referring to Kosilek (a Fox News trademark), O’Reilly and Kelly — whom, Media Matters notes, has previously defended transgender people — mock her appearance and joke about the prospect of her being sexually assaulted.
O’Reilly: My question is, in the promo, couldn’t they do a better job for a million bucks than this guy? Look, there he is. For a million you figure he might look like Annette Funicello or somebody. I don’t know.
Kelly: Listen, let’s not forget.
Kelly: He’s in a male prison.
O’Reilly: Alright, but I don’t think he’s in any danger-
Kelly: I bet he looks pretty good.
O’Reilly: No. Even in a male prison, he doesn’t. But for a million bucks, that’s what we get? I don’t know. Alright.
Kelly: The surgery hasn’t been performed yet, Bill.
O’Reilly: It hasn’t.
Kelly: He only has breasts and the hair now.
O’Reilly: I think that might be a little bit too much information.
First of all, prisoners have rights, too — no matter their crime — which, particularly as purported journalists, does not give O’Reilly and Kelly carte blanche to take a figurative dump over transgender people.
Second, according to Media Matters, transgender prisoners are at a much higher risk of sexual assault than the general prisoner population so, hardee-friggin-har-har.
And finally, Annette Funicello? What the hell is this, Beach Blanket Bigots?