Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes just became even more despicable.
Gretchen Carlson’s allegations on Wednesday that Ailes sexually harassed her during her time as a host of “Fox & Friends” weren’t exactly met with surprise—Ailes and the news network have a reputation for perpetuating misogynistic stereotypes(female hosts aren’t allowed to wear pants, for example). However, the specifics of the environment Carlson detailed are appalling.
Carlson sued Ailes for the harassment she endured, including his demands for sex in return for promotions within the network.
According to one of Carlson's colleagues, “[Ailes] hated her and would tell people that she was ‘a crazy, vindictive b*tch.’”
Anonymous female employees at Fox News have now come forward to corroborate her claims with similar complaints about Ailes.
According to The Huffington Post, one female contributor at Fox News alleged that Ailes “asked me to turn around so he can see my a**,” during a meeting.
Another gave a deplorable account of Ailes’s requirements for hiring an employee:
“He always brags to people about how he doesn’t do polling or testing when he chooses his on-air talent. He told me that if he was thinking of hiring a woman, he’d ask himself if he would f*ck her, and if he would, then he’d hire her to be on-camera. He then said if it was a man he’d think about whether he could sit down for a baseball game with him and not get annoyed of him. If he could, then he’d hire him.”
It’s disgusting that this unbelievably sexist behavior from the powerful leader of a news network is still capable of occurring today, but hopefully through this lawsuit, Ailes will face ramifications for the misogynistic culture he has fostered at Fox News.
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