Immediately after Fox News announced the hiring of transgender retired Olympic decathlete Caitlyn Jenner, the largest LGBTQ advocacy group in the U.S. revealed it had stripped the network of its “preferred LGBTQ friendly employer” status.
The Human Rights Campaign had given Fox Corp. a 100% rating as one of the “best places to work for LGBTQ equality,” but no more. Citing a laundry list of transgressions by the cable news giant, HRC declared the network has a “long history” of disinformation about LGBTQ issues that encourages “stigma and marginalization” of the transgender and nonbinary community.
Declaring “enough is enough,” HRC lowered the Fox Corp. score by 25 points. The company had maintained the 100% score for several years, something it touted on its website. Fox Corp. offers employee benefits including mastectomy surgery, tracheal shave and other similar procedures, facial feminization surgery, and puberty blockers for transgender youth.
Tucker Carlson, the highest rated host on Fox News, came under fire from HRC for portraying Disney as a “creepy” company. Carlson further suggested that an executive who boasted about promoting “queerness” in programing exhibited traits of a “sex offender.”
Where Disney executives a few years ago decided on a concerted effort regarding race, Carlson and others now point to the company’s self-declared aim to insert gender and sexual orientation themes into children’s programming.
Jenner, who’s first appearance took place on the “Hannity” program Thursday, said Friday that she is “astounded” by the deluge of criticism she received from critics in the LGBTQ community. Noting that she is the most visible trans person on the planet, Jenner said she is constantly amazed by “the irony of the left and the WOKE.”
Irony in that her announcement and “Hannity” appearance came on last week’s International Transgender Day of Visibility.
It is critical to woke corporations that everything march in lockstep with their dogmas on equity and social justice, and woe be unto those who do not. Fox News, despite giving a powerful platform to the most visible transgender person in the world, is guilty of making critical and much-needed observations about a company that has pivoted far from its previous mission of family entertainment. In this case, enough is truly enough.