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Jon Stewart’s Tucker Carlson Video On Crossfire Went Viral So He Apologized to Dicks Everywhere
In the nearly six years since Jon Stewart passed his Daily Show host baton to Trevor Noah, the comedian has largely receded from public view—until recently, when he joined Twitter to lampoon the hypocrisy of Wall Street traders in the midst of GameStock. Stewart’s latest public commentary is another gem of clear, searing criticism of arguably the most deserving target: Fox News host Tucker Carlson. On March 11, Stewart tweeted, “I called Tucker Carlson a dick on National television. It’s high time I apologize… to dicks. Never should have lumped you in with that terrible terrible person.”
Stewart’s mea culpa refers to his 2004 appearance on CNN’s Crossfire, in which he criticized its hosts at the time, Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala. In the resurfaced clip on YouTube, Stewart calls Crossfire, a nightly political debate series that originally ran from 1982 to 2005, flat-out “bad.” Among other remarks about Crossfire’s reduction of politics to “theater” and the hosts’ “partisan hackery,” Stewart directly addresses Carlson, saying: “You’re as big a dick on your show as you are on any show.” Crossfire was cancelled shortly afterwards.
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The latest in Carlson’s total dickery (sorry to dicks) is his denigrating remarks about women serving in the military. On his March 9 show, Carlson displayed a photo of a servicewoman, who appears to be pregnant, wearing a maternity flight suit. The bullshit he spewed next isn’t worthy of full quotation, but here’s the gist: “Pregnant women are going to fight our wars. It’s a mockery of the U.S. military,” Carlson spouted. He went on to make a transphobic comment and criticize the Pentagon for “going along with this” and not following China’s lead in making their military “more masculine.”
Stewart’s comments add to the chorus of condemnation that rightly rains upon Carlson, including from senior members of the military, who actually serve, unlike Carlson. Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby spoke of the “revulsion” that he and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin both feel toward Carlson’s comments. Kirby said that the military still has “a lot of work to do” to become “more inclusive, more respectful of everyone—especially women.” Kirby added, “What we absolutely won’t do is take personnel advice from a talk show host, or the Chinese military. Maybe those folks feel like they have something to prove. That’s on them.”
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Anna Grace Lee
Anna Grace Lee is an editorial fellow at Esquire, where she covers pop culture, music, and entertainment.
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