Gretchen Carlson has settled her lawsuit against Fox News for the sum of 20 million dollars. The shocking part of that settlement isn’t the cash, though, it is the “highly unusual public apology,” that Fox has also issued that has conservative heads exploding all over Twitter.
In statements, Fox and Carlson both acknowledge the settlement, but Fox also apologized that Carlson was not “treated with the respect and dignity that she and all of our colleagues deserve.” Code or not for, “sorry Roger Ailes told you that the two of you should be in a sexual relationship and because you had problems with the culture here and, honest, it was all his fault,” it is still an apology.
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The settlement has trolls crawling all over Carlson’s tweet from this morning, featuring a glowing headshot with the caption “I’m ready to move on to the next chapter of my life…” treating her exactly like she claimed she was being treated by Fox News. Because that will show people that sexism is dead, right?
Not all of the trolls are immediately recognizable as right wing nut jobs, but most give it away quickly — like this one:
@GretchenCarlson so you sue for a moral injustice then accept cash and forget about it. That also seems like moral injustice.
— Taylor (@xTaylor96) September 6, 2016
It seems that he is upset about her not continuing with her lawsuit, but then, he is outed by another Twitter user as a homophobic bigot… not usually something found on the Left side of the political spectrum.
— Alberto Roldán (@bertstuck) September 6, 2016
Most responses are supportive, it takes guts to stand up to the kind of harassment and culture of misogyny that was described by Carlson in her accounts of the abuse. Fox isn’t quite admitting it, but the apology makes it quite clear that to settle, they couldn’t just sweep it under the rug.
— (((TimothyMcBride))) (@mcbridetd) September 6, 2016
@GretchenCarlson You risked your career to say no to a leacherous filthy creepy old man who used his power to control women. LOVE YOU!
— Cary (@CaryLynnSmith) September 6, 2016
But, the trolls, they won’t let us forget that, though Gretchen Carlson put a face and name (followed by many others) to the fact that women are often subject to this kind of abuse it isn’t just in the workplace.
@GretchenCarlson Ok so you got paid a cheap $20M for your dignity MOVE ON/OUT!
— sALT oF tHE eARTH (@LibertyNow10) September 6, 2016
The fact is, some people are just looking for an excuse to drag a strong woman through the mud. She stood up when many other women in exactly the same boat never did. She forced the media giant to apologize, and was compensated for the abuse — all without admission of guilt, sadly — but she has opened the door for other women to stand up, too.
Some are still using her husband’s net worth to undermine her, because obviously a woman’s decision to settle or not should rest on her husband’s income.
@GretchenCarlson– what is so telling is that your husband has millions so if you really were standing up you easily could of. But just cash
— Brett Schackman (@bschackman) September 6, 2016
You see, some people are mad because they feel they should get a settlement because life is hard, and others are mad because a woman could be compensated for abuse. You know, because simply being treated like a sexual receptacle isn’t really abusive, if you are a neanderthal asshole, anyway.
i wish Roger Ailes or some rich CEO would call me Tits McGee or whistle at my hot ass so i could sue & get $20,000,000 in return.
— DougButabi (@DougieButabi) September 6, 2016
However, most people are happy, because this is a Davida V. Goliath: and Davida won. That, and it is just possible that people who consider themselves compassionate human beings believe that no one should be abused.
Not Greta Van Susteren, though. She appears to be pissed. So pissed she is leaving Fox as of now, she isn’t even going to be doing Tuesday night’s show. She had supported Ailes.
Fox settles Gretchen Carlson lawsuit: https://t.co/jq3RN2u8Ur
Greta Van Susteren out at Fox News– reasons unknown: https://t.co/k6JfUpgO2u
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) September 6, 2016
It seems that conservatives, from Twitter trolls to Fox News personalities, just can’t handle a woman not being crucified for having the guts to report sexual harassment.
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