A Fox News & Friends broadcast that was said to be stereotypical in nature stirred wicca practitioners worldwide. The controversial discussion between the three anchors centred on University of Missouri’s inclusion of Wiccan and Pagan holidays in their campus calendar.
According to the University, they have already included the Wiccan and Pagan holidays in their calendar last fall and it is intended for everyone in the campus. This could have been a likely angle for the editorial, but Fox News & Friends anchors took a different angle, which was about their personal view of those practicing wicca.
Tucker Carlson, one of the anchors, said,
“Every Wiccan I’ve known is either a compulsive Dungeons & Dragons player or is a middle-aged twice divorced older woman living in a rural area who works as a midwife.”
Meanwhile, co-anchor Ainsley Earhardt could only grimace at the inaccurate statements of Carlson.
Jasmine Wolfe saw the broadcast and said that it was unnecessarily rude and that the statement misrepresented the Wiccans and those who subscribe to the belief.
A Witch who happened to be watching the broadcast was appalled by the anchors’ statements. She thought that the broadcast was offensive, but then after realising it was Fox News, she immediately understood the delivery.
This viral topic spurred an online petition for the anchors to apologise for what they had said. It had acquired a total of 40,000 online signatures.
Subsequently, Carlson apologized on the Fox News Program, saying that the Wiccans never did anything to bother him. He should have let them be and he is sorry for having said all those things.
Also, he previously apologized on Twitter for his “pointlessly nasty remarks.”
The overwhelming feedback from the online petition was that whatever beliefs or practices people have, the choice and the practitioners themselves have to be respected, whether you are a pagan, wiccan, psychic, or anyone who practices spirituality.
Source : http://www.examiner.com/article/fox-news-friends-attacks-wiccans