Laughing 'Fox & Friends' hosts: lesson of Ray Rice is "take the stairs" and watch for cameras.

Laughing 'Fox & Friends' hosts: lesson of Ray Rice is "take the stairs" and watch for cameras.
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Laughing 'Fox & Friends' hosts: lesson of Ray Rice is "take the stairs" and watch for cameras.

Don't worry, blonde lady. You're safe because cameras are on.

Fox & Friends' mixture of morning banter and aggressive talking points makes it regularly the most dystopian part of the psuedo-news organization's lineup, but today's apparently hilarious discussion of the footage showing Ray Rice knocking out his fiancée in an elevator (at bottom) is actually stomach-turning. Rice was still employed when this clip aired, although he has since been cut by the Baltimore Ravens.

First of all, Brian Kilmeade's asinine observation is that the lesson is "take the stairs." Then, Steve Doocey shoehorned in his own joke, because clearly there's more hilarity to be gleaned from this woman-punching video, "the message is, when you're in an elevator, there's a camera." Reverse those two statements and see how horrifying that is: 

"When you're in an elevator, there's a camera."
"Take the stairs."

By no means do you have to watch this, but if you think they were being amusing, maybe you haven't seen the footage:

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Secondly, this is after the group ham-handedly tried to tie the Ray Rice incident to two other ones involving (far more) famous black men, Chris Brown and Jay Z. The connection to Chris Brown was that Rihanna also got back together with him, much like Ray Rice's fiancée. Now, there are perfectly valid reasons to compare the two, like if they were having an in-depth discussion of whether, much like the NFL, Brown's music label should have dropped him due to the domestic violence charges. They weren't, and furthermore, Brown and Rihanna never even fought in an elevator!

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Now, the Jay Z and Solange fight did happen in an elevator, although as they reluctantly point out, Jay Z didn't hit Solange (not that it was right for Solange to hit Jay Z, but y'know). So, the lesson here is actually explicitly that domestic violence has nothing to do with elevators and can happen to anyone. Well, as long as they're black, because 100% of the people in their examples were black.

It's weird how they drew a different conclusion. Anyway, guess it's time to pan over to our uncomfortable-sounding coworker who is temporarily safe because she's on camera and not in an elevator!

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(by Johnny McNulty)

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