There is nothing more infuriating than listening to five white people discuss how black people should act and feel. Of course, that is pretty much the M.O. over at Fox News, and we were treated to rich white conservatives berating the #BlackLivesMatter protesters who have demonstrated in and around Ferguson one year after unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. During Tuesday’s broadcast of The Five, co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle called those participating in the past days’ protests “barbaric” and the demonstrations “savagery”.
On Sunday night, violence marred the end of large-scale peaceful demonstrations that had taken place in the St. Louis area over the weekend to commemorate the start of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the one-year anniversary of Brown’s death . A state of emergency was declared in St. Louis County after multiple shootings occurred during protests, including one in which an 18-year-old black male was critically wounded by police. Authorities stated that Tyrone Harris was involved in a shootout between two rival groups and later shot at officers who attempted to apprehend him. (Surveillance video from the scene showed Harris with a gun in his hand around the time of the shooting.)
Monday saw the arrest of several prominent activists during a sit-in at the Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse in downtown St. Louis following a march through the city. Later on in the day, a number of protesters shut down a major highway in St. Louis County for a short while during rush-hour traffic. During the evening, with both a heavy media and police presence on hand, demonstrations took place in Ferguson. At one point in the evening, a group of five white Oath Keepers appeared with assault rifles to offer protection to a ‘journalist’ from InfoWars.
With this as the backdrop, The Five decided to spend about six minutes or so ridiculing the #BlackLivesMatter movement and whitesplaining to black activists exactly how they should be acting (i.e. don’t make white people uncomfortable). Greg Gutfeld was his normal weaselly self as he threw snide remarks left and right regarding the protests. Eric Bolling complained that we are going to have to deal with this all over the place soon as one-year anniversaries of other unarmed black people killed by white police officers approach. Dana Perino gave her normally vapid and useless answers.
All the while, guest panelist and sorta liberal Kirsten Powers attempted to provide the #BlackLivesMatter perspective. As one would expect from a white Fox News ‘progressive’, Powers was there just to get shouted down and treated like a pinata. Of course, all Powers knew of the protests is that they were “peaceful”. Also, that the demonstrators were “peaceful”. (Would it kill pundits and reporters to come up with some other words when talking about these protests?) Finally, having been quiet for most of the segment, Guilfoyle finally decided to weigh in, making sure she used all the hyperbolic adjectives she had in her arsenal to describe those godawful people in Ferguson.
Once the perpetually big-haired/short-skirted commentator called the protesters “barbaric,” it was game on for the rest of the crew, and they pounced. As Powers wondered what the fuck Guilfoyle even meant by saying they were savages, Bolling and Gutfeld laid into her, essentially saying she was naive to think that protests that will surely take place in the future in New York City and Baltimore will be non-violent. Gutfeld also claimed that shutting down traffic is a violent act, with Guilfoyle adding that is is just “not very nice”. (Because, ya know, civil disobedience is all about being kind and courteous.)
Anyway, if you wanna hear a group of white folks bitch about the blacks, below is video of the segment, courtesy of Media Matters: