Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday defended an Oregon coach who took his middle school football team to Hooters, but suggested that allowing transgender-inclusive locker rooms was like “taking a 12-year-old to see ‘T and A.'”
The Fox News host told conservative contributor Monica Crowley he could not understand her objections to the coach taking boys as young as 12 to Hooters because the kids also saw nearly-naked women at the beach.
When contributor Alan Colmes agreed that the coach had made a mistake, O’Reilly said he was shocked because liberals were supposed to support “legalizing marijuana, you want the transsexuals, everybody in the bathroom, in the locker room, right?”
“There happen to be people of an indeterminate gender who are out in public, you have to deal with it, people have to learn to deal with that,” Colmes explained.
“The way to deal with it is basically, look, if you’re born a boy you stay in the boys locker room even though — and then when you’re an adult you can go where you want,” O’Reilly insisted. “But this is what gets me about you — you, Colmes, you say no to Hooters, but yes to the transgender. Here comes a guy who thinks he’s a girl, into the locker room. “
“One issue has nothing to do with the other, Bill,” Colmes replied. “One is taking a 12-year-old to see ‘T and A,’ and the other is someone who happens to be of indeterminate gender because that’s the way they’re built. It’s a different thing.”
“Listen. If the guy goes into the girls’ locker room, there’s going to be what you just described! But you’re ok with it!” O’Reilly exclaimed.
“So a girls’ locker room is like Hooters to you?” Colmes asked.
“Have you ever been in a locker room, Colmes?” O’Reilly replied. “They don’t have chicken wings but — it’s called a locker room for a reason. Do you see what I’m saying?”
The Fox News host added: “Do you see what I’m saying about Colmes? He’s down with the transgender going into the opposite locker room, but he won’t take the kid to Hooters?”
Watch this video from Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, broadcast Nov. 12, 2013.
(h/t: Media Matters)