Statement of NOW President Toni Van Pelt
In an appearance on CNN Friday, Fox Sports Analyst Clay Travis was asked to comment on ESPN host Jemele Hill’s remarks calling Donald Trump a white supremacist. First of all, we agree 100% with Jemele Hill – Donald Trump is a white supremacist. Travis should have been fired for his racist, sexist remarks, but he couldn’t stop there.
During that interview with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin, Travis said, “I’m a First Amendment absolutist. I believe in only two things completely, the First Amendment and boobs.” He went on to say they were “two things that have never let me down.”
To her credit, Brooke Baldwin shut down the interview and ended the segment. But National Organization for Women President Toni Van Pelt says it’s now up to Fox to enforce decency standards that viewers should be able to expect from the nation’s broadcasters.
“Fox Sports must fire Clay Travis immediately,” says Toni Van Pelt. “His smug and appalling behavior has no place on the airwaves. Did he think he was being funny? No. He was being disrespectful.. Did he think he was just acting like a jock? No. He was acting like an idiot. Does he think he’s entitled to spew his vile language and amoral principles in our living rooms? Not for another minute.”
Laura Gross , firstname.lastname@example.org