The programming on US right-wing television station Fox News is getting more and more absurd by the minute. A segment on Monday’s Mornings with Maria that opened with the cheery hook of singer La Roux’ Bulletproof, before showing off back to school ready bulletproof backpacks, is like a scene straight out of a dystopian novel.
The company, MC Armor Marketing, sent their Marketing Manager Carolina Ballesteros Casas to promote their line of bulletproof clothing, including backpacks for children. That’s right, rather than address the issue of gun control, the brilliant minds at Fox are promoting bulletproof backpacks.
Get ready to rage, because here’s the clip:
— Media Matters (@mmfa) August 20, 2018
Can you believe this is real? It’s one laugh track away from a skit.
“We work with pediatricians, we have a company, we do research and development,” assures Casas as she pulls out the bulletproof lining from one of the backpacks and demonstrates how it can also be used as a shield. “And the pediatrician says [that] kids before 15 years they don’t have fat, they don’t have enough muscles, so they need to have hard ballistics.”
Obviously, many people are upset by this shameful promotion of what is essentially polka dot covered military equipment. British singer-songwriter La Roux, for one, was not having any of it.
“I have never and would never approve my music to be used in this way,” she told Billboard. But she’s not the only one feeling indignant toward Fox for the inappropriate segment. Through its collective mouthpiece of the internet, the public has also expressed outrage.
I am losing faith in humanity a little more each day.https://t.co/PVtwWbEtax
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) August 20, 2018
Umm, who thought this was a good idea? https://t.co/xmj5jtDplJ
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 21, 2018
Bulletproof bank-to-school backpacks on Fox News.
Nope, it’s not Sacha Baron Cohen pic.twitter.com/znQ6Uk7yCB
— Naomi O’Leary (@NaomiOhReally) August 21, 2018
HOLY SHIT this Fox News segment on bulletproof clothing and backpacks for school shootings is absurdly tone-deaf pic.twitter.com/dEeTavnAv1
— jordan (@JordanUhl) August 20, 2018
“It’s incredible that this has come to this, that we need bulletproof clothing,” says the host before leaning over a red coat (also bulletproof, naturally) which she describes as “quite fashion forward.”
The last item on show is a literal “tank top” — a bulletproof white sleeveless t-shirt — that costs $1,500.
Remember the good old days when back-to-school shopping meant getting your hands on a new set of sparkly gel pens, white-out tape and maybe an Oxford protractor set? Clearly, our friends south of the border have some serious issues to sort out, and these back-to-school fashion tips from Fox News prove it.