Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly stepped up her criticism of Dr. Keith Ablow’s attacks against Chaz Bono, Cher’s transgender son who will compete on the 13th season of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars. During an appearance on Bill O’Reilly yesterday, Kelly characterized Ablow’s claims that children will develop gender confusion after watching him on national television as “irresponsible and dangerous and could result in some real problems.” Kelly had challenged Ablow on her daytime show on Wednesday.
“There is no scientific evidence to back that up and in fact…the experts in this field say Ablow is way off base,” Kelly claimed and suggested that Ablow’s words will lead to the persecution of transgender people:
KELLY: Listen, this group of people already undergoes enough discrimination and isolation…
O’REILLY: We have this this slippery slope argument…
KELLY: No, don’t talk over it Bill.
O’REILLY: I’m not talking over it, I got to get to another…
KELLY: This group of people is persecuted already and now you have Dr. Ablow telling people that if your kid sees one in a manner that is something akin to a celebration, your kid may wind up being one of them. Now there are people int his country that will react to a transgender person when they see one at the McDonald’s or at some event and that’s irresponsible.
O’REILLY: You don’t know that they’re transgendered people. Alright.
O’Reilly, meanwhile, seemed more concerned about questioning Ablow’s character than the safety of transgender people. After all, in 2010 he compared transgender people to Ewoks, saying, “If you’re a man, you can’t dress like a woman, and vice versa. You can’t scare the customers. If your name is Fred, you can’t look like Dolly Parton.”