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Tucker Carlson Goes On Bizarre Rant Comparing Mask-Wearing To Physical Child Abuse

The Fox News host encouraged his millions of viewers to confront people wearing masks outdoors and suggested calling child protective services when they see children in masks.

Fox personality Tucker Carlson speaks at the 2017 Business Insider Ignition: Future of Media conference in New York, U.S., November 30, 2017 | Reuters
Fox personality Tucker Carlson speaks at the 2017 Business Insider Ignition: Future of Media conference in New York, U.S., November 30, 2017 | Reuters

Fox News host Tucker Carlson went on a tirade encouraging his millions of viewers to confront people wearing masks and even suggested calling the police or child protective services when they see a child in a mask. 

“Your response when you see children wearing masks as they play should be no different from your response to seeing someone beating a kid at a Wal-Mart,” Carlson said in a Monday night segment. “Call the police immediately. Contact Child Protective Services.”

Since the segment aired, many people have pointed out the dangers of calling CPS on parents. 

During his show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the conservative host said people who wear masks outdoors are “aggressors” and “neurotics” who should be confronted.

“So the next time you see someone in a mask on the sidewalk or on the bike path, do not hesitate. Ask politely but firmly, ‘would you please take off your mask?’” Carlson said, while also suggesting people say “your mask is making me uncomfortable.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday that people who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear facial coverings while running outside, sitting with a small group, or spending time with members of their own household. Masks are still recommended for people outdoors in large groups or indoor settings where the vaccination status of those around them is unknown. 

Carlson also said he hopes mask-wearing becomes as inappropriate in society as lighting a cigarette in an elevator. His next target during the segment was children and parents who abide by public health guidance, saying, “As for forcing children to wear masks outside, that should be illegal.” 

The CDC recommends that children over the age of two should be following mask recommendations just as adults. 

After the video of Carlson’s comments were widely shared, the term “child protective services” was trending on Twitter, and many people called out the seriousness of making “even a frivolous” CPS complaint. 

Carlson’s recent comments — and several others in the past — have renewed calls for advertisers to pull out from his show. Last week, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Jonathan Greenblatt, called on the World Federation of Advertisers to pull or pause ads on Carlson’s show and other networks that promote hatred. The ADL also wrote a letter to Fox News calling for Carlson’s firing after the nonprofit said Carlson promoted a “white replacement” anti-immigration theory.

“You can hold them accountable like few other actors in society because your dollars are the fuel that enables their business model,” Greenblatt said to advertisers. “We need your help in sending a message when our media networks fail us and allow hatred to spread."

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