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Brave Fox News Anchor Goes On Air Without Makeup to Highlight a Culture of Sexism Fostered by Fox News!

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | November 11, 2013 | Comments ()


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Last Friday, Gretchen Carlson, the host of Fox’s The Real Story, appeared on air without the benefit of cosmetics, and she was really proud of herself for it, saying it has “never happened before on cable news,” and bragged that it was a first for any news network (someone should check with Rachel Maddow, who appears every night on MSNBC with what appears to be a minimal layer of powder for simple lighting purposes).

Why would she do this? To highlight the fact that women are being sexualized in pop culture. Hmm. I wonder where anyone would get the idea that women are being sexualized on TV?

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Maybe it’s because the more attractive the anchor, the less men will listen? And Fox News needs all the not listening they can handle.

At any rate, yes, Gretchen Carlson: You’re very brave and not at all self-congratulatory, and definitely the first woman who ever thought to display the hideousness behind the Avon.




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  • Emm82

    Yeah she bragged about it, but at least she put her money where her mouth is and went on with minimal makeup (no chance she's completely free by those pics).

  • Strand

    Isn't there a weird meme called the "Women of Fox News?"

  • kortnimoennig_thegreat

    Why is Megyn Kelly's head bigger than her body in the creepy GQ pic?

  • Jifaner

    That means every day I'm tired what I really am is BRAVE because the last thing I feel like doing is putting on makeup. Of course, I wear makeup because I *like* it (fun colors yaaaaay!) and not because I feel like the world is afraid to look at me without any.

  • idgiepug

    I never wear make-up, so I'm even MORE brave. Also, my big butt is a bold feminist statement, not a sign of gluttony and sloth.

  • Semilitterate

    You mean these women have faces??? Whodathunkkit-----I thought it was all about the legs. Do they have makeup on their legs?

  • e jerry powell

    Well, I think Carlson's age (47) factored into her point, which speaks even more pointedly to gender bias. Not to mention that her year as Miss America was 1989, when women in news weren't concerned about such things.

    [/sarcasm]

    That, and the fact that at 50, Vanessa Williams (Miss America 1984) still looks like THIS (and not too terribly distant from it without makeup).

  • Matt Webster

    This is in response to Jennifer Schmennifer, my comment keeps getting deleted: The point was MSNBC engages in the exact same ratings tactics and hires the exact same type of eye candy, yet of course, no mention or screencaps are present.

  • Jennifer Schmennifer

    Oh, I see. I don't see any eye candy on MSNBC. So maybe that's why no one is taking you seriously--no eye candy to speak of.

  • Matt Webster

    Tamron Hill
    Betty nguyen
    Mika Brzezinski

    All easy on the eyes...

  • Matt Webster

    Also, Krystal ball, Abby Huntsman...

  • Jennifer Schmennifer

    Well, if you say so. Do these women go on air showing a lot of cleavage? Can comparable screen shots be posted of them?

  • Matt Webster

    So basically, I'm right, just not as right as I should be? Is that it?

  • Jennifer Schmennifer

    No, it means you're just stretching to create a false equivalency.

  • Matt Webster

    look up any of these names on youtube, you will see the same sexualized images as you see with Fox anchors. It's the same on both sides - no harm in admitting it!

  • Jennifer Schmennifer

    I did look some of them up and didn't see anything sexualized, which is why I asked you if it was possible for comparable screen shots to be found. And then I gave up because I figured you didn't know what you were talking about and were just making shit up. A lady in a pretty dress at an event is not the same as what we see on this page. No harm in admitting it.

  • Joe

    I guess I don't see what the issue is with this. I think it's brilliant this message is being spread across a wider audience than it would have previously. The issue of women being overly sexualized by the media and therefore affecting both men and women's ideals of what a woman should be is something I think has to change.

    This isn't even a conservative or liberal issue. It shouldn't matter that Fox News is saying versus MSNBC. Both stations are guilty of using their female anchors' sexual appeal to boost ratings. I think it's actually great that Fox News brought this topic to light because odds are their typical demographic doesn't get this kind of exposure to these issues. And we're all children deep down with biases. So the guy that refuses to listen to Rachel Maddow talk about women's issues will likely listen to Gretchen Carlson talk about it.

    This website used to be so exciting. You guys behind these stories are really intelligent people. It makes me sad that you stoop to writing satirical pieces making fun of republicans to boost your own views. In the big picture, this is a brilliant thing. And honestly I don't see how it would hurt if every news anchor (obnoxious asshole or not) shared this issue with their viewers.

  • Jiffylush

    Maybe it's just me but she seems nicer and more personable.

    Always thought she was fake and shallow, thought it was her personality but maybe not.

  • At least when this pot called the kettle black it was heard by an audience that never hears that conversation.

  • firedmyass

    Yeah, but the next segment was demanding to see the Kettle's birth certificate.

  • Matt Webster

    See, this is why I am glad I am conservative - so much anger, and no one actually arguing that I am wrong, just name calling.

  • Jennifer Schmennifer

    Wrong about what? You didn't actually make a point.

  • Jiffylush

    Serious question, where is the "so much anger"?

    Perhaps a bit of a persecution complex?

  • Matt Webster

    You don't think calling me the "owner of bathtub sized douchejar" has some anger behind it?

  • Jiffylush

    ""Matt Webster" sounds like the owner of bathtub sized douchejar."

    Sounds like and is are two very different things.

  • Jiffylush

    It's all about the tone and the only reason anyone responded at all was because you said "Now watch this post get deleted" after posting something completely innocuous. I see "Unless your an" and "sounds like" if your bar for angrer is that low you should probably spend less time on the internet.

  • Matt Webster

    If you will notice, a very innocuous comment of mine-The point was MSNBC engages in the exact same ratings tactics and hires the exact same type of eye candy, yet of course, no mention or screencaps are present. - was deleted.

  • Jennifer Schmennifer

    It wasn't deleted. It's right there. And now we have your rantings in several comments--none of which have been deleted. I usually get an email notification when someone replies to one of my Disqus comments, but got none for the one you claimed was removed. So maybe it's just a Disqus glitch. Relax, dude.

  • Matt Webster

    Had to repost a number of times

  • Jennifer Schmennifer

    You're right. It's a conspiracy to prevent people from writing things that are not the least bit offensive.

  • Nat

    So make up is bad (for girls, not adult women who must obviously wear it at all times) but having your hair done is fine? It's a very half-assed "statement" quite obviously meant for ratings rather than actual impact on what our girls see on TV.

  • Kate at June

    Saying that Rachel Maddow wears no makeup on her own show only goes to further prove that men (or just men who don't wear cosmetics on the regular) have no idea what wearing "no makeup" actually looks like.

    This girl did an experiment on this and posted it on tumblr. Its pretty neat. She looks great without makeup, but she's most likely a teenager. I'm guessing Maddow w/o makeup would look more surprising to most.

    kinda a tangent, but I feel like its important here. The Fox News Aesthetic seems to be the full face of makeup look, but anchors on all networks are heavily made up.

  • Edwina the Magnificent

    Whoa! Speaking as someone who usually only gets around to putting on makeup once a year (black-tie fundraiser for work. Gotta take one for the team sometimes), the picture above is exactly why I don't wear makeup...aside from just being lazy. Start doing it constantly and everyone around you gets used to how you look with it, no matter how much or little you wear, then one day you go out without it and it's a total "Oh. Em. Gee! Did you see [insert female name]? Why would she leave the house like that?! Like, totally et cetera and so on".

    Also, apparently discussing cosmetics turns me into a seventh-grader, which is an even better reason to avoid it entirely.

  • SilverDeb

    It makes no difference unless she is going "make up free" from now on. So what if she does it for one broadcast.

  • Jennifer Schmennifer

    Rachel Maddow wears more than "a minimal layer of powder." If you were to compare her appearance on her show to her appearances at live events*, you'd notice that they put a lot of eye make-up on her. And blush. So there's definitely some foundation under all that.

    (*She even wears less make-up as a guest on talk shows than she does on her own show.)

  • InternetMagpie

    Every single night I notice and covet her eye makeup.

  • Matt Webster

    Because MSNBC doesn't engage in the SAME ratings tactics! (Although with much less success) Now watch this post get deleted.

  • Maguita NYC

    I don't understand, why would this post get deleted? Unless you're on the unwanted list of douchebaggery assholes, your post is quite harmless, if mildly debatable.

  • frozen01

    Because victim complex, that's why. MSNBC is part of the "mainstream media", a giant leftist conspiracy that people like Matt "fight", and people who aren't like Matt try to "suppress" by deleting posts. Makes perfect sense, doesn't it?

  • Kind of ironic when you consider the army of people Fox News staffs to astroturf and rebuke anything that casts the network in a negative light.

    http://boingboing.net/2013/10/...

  • Maguita NYC

    No worries. I've got this!

  • stella

    I seem to be coming down with something, can I make an appointment too?

  • Maguita NYC

    That would be after I am done with my appointment, of course! (gives stink eye)

    Then yes Ma'm, we can give you an appointment. His assistant would be helping you prepare for your full-body check-up.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Can I just schedule all my appointments with the assistant? Or even his projection?

  • Maguita NYC

    Ma'm, you're too demanding and have to learn how to share!

  • Wōđanaz Óðinn

    "Matt Webster" sounds like the owner of bathtub sized douchejar. However, that post is going nowhere as I see neither a reference to Miley C-word nor a jab a Mads Mikkelsen.

    It could also be over-caffeination that's to blame. Happens to the best of us. That's my excuse anyway.

  • alwaysanswerb

    This is a humblebrag and a half and she definitely wants a trophy when really she deserves, like, maybe a thumbs-up, but still this post seems like a lot of weird shade I'm not sure she deserves. I'm kind of getting a "She doesn't get to talk about sexism because her network is sexist" vibe? Which doesn't make a lick of sense to me because, like, our whole world is pretty damn sexist, but the point of talking about it is to try and change that.

  • Repo

    I don't see it that way at all. Dustin is notoriously pro-feminism and constantly puts up posts to generate dialogue on that subject. His point here is this is a ratings grab and disingenuous at best. It's an Al Sharpton style move, and just because it's in theory anti-sexist doesn't always give it a free pass that it's helping the cause.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I'm overreacting but " notoriously pro-feminism"? Isn't notoriety saved for being in favour of bad things, e.g. Dustin is notoriously pro-Vince Vaughn.

  • Repo

    Ha Ha. He did give a glowing review of The Internship didn't he? Point taken.

  • alwaysanswerb

    I'm no stranger to Dustin's feminism, but it seems to me that the best way to combat a cheap (but ultimately harmless) ratings grab is to not comment on it at all. I understand Pajiba trades on snark, but it's somewhat witless to make easy jokes at Fox News. I'm not trying to give her a free pass, but I don't think it's necessary to take pot shots at her for moving laterally on the feminist ladder either.

  • Mrs. Julien

    It would have been a better experiment if she wore no make up and waited to see what the audience reaction was.

  • alwaysanswerb

    I like that idea.

  • dorquemada

    Great attempt, but Rupert won't be putting her on Page 3 any time soon.

  • BWeaves

    Bullshit. She's wearing a foundation and eyeliner and/or mascara. Granted, she looks WAY better with the minimal makeup, but that is not a no makeup look.

    With HD TV, the old stage makeup that was needed looks ridiculously overdone.

  • emmalita

    She may have a permanent eyeliner tattoo.

  • Shannon

    I really want to make a snarky remark about the odds of a conservative news anchor in her age group (don't know how old she is) having a tattoo at all, much less on her eyelids. But I applaud your open mindedness and it is, of course, a possibility.

  • emmalita

    I know several women in her demographic who get cosmetic tattoos. It's pretty common on the east coast among women who wear make-up as part of their professional wardrobe.

  • Shannon

    You make a great point I hadn't thought of. Needing it for work makes it much more likely.

  • emmalita

    I did have fun, when I saw your comment, imagining GC asking for some tear drops to be tattooed on her face.

  • Mrs. Julien

    She's so brave.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I mean, it's Veterans Day, but I'd rather honor the real heroes. Let's raise a glass to every woman that's ever put a makeup free selfie on Twitter.

  • laylaness

    I feel so whorish and objectified in my Chapstick today. She's a true martyr.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I am wearing mascara AND eyeliner. That must be why my husband screamed "FAITHLESS JADE" at me this morning. It was more upsetting that my son added "SLATTERN!".

  • e jerry powell

    Oh! Oh! I got another one!

    Our Polly is a sad slut
    Nor heeds what we have taught her!
    I wonder any man alive
    Could ever rear a daughter!

    For she will have both hoods and gowns
    And hoops to swell her pride,
    With scarves and stays and gloves and lace,
    And she'll have men beside!

    YOU BAGGAGE! YOU HUSSY! YOU INCONSIDERATE JADE!

    Never in my life have I heard the word "slut" thrown around so freely by a woman about her own daughter.

  • e jerry powell

    Why how now, Madam Flirt,
    If you thus must chatter,
    And are for flinging dirt,
    Let's see who best can spatter,
    Madam Flirt!

    Why how now, Saucy Jade,
    For sure the wench is tipsy!
    How can you see me made
    The scoff of such a Gypsy?
    Saucy Jade!

  • JJ

    Admittedly "brave" is strong, the Fox News irony, etc, but does the actual point of the segment not hold? Is it any less valid than when the Today Show did it (http://www.today.com/id/371301... or is it easier to throw "snark" around because it's a terrible network and not actually comment on the content?

  • Mrs. Julien

    I'm tired of everyone doing it. It's an empty gesture, a sop to some consumerized version of feminism. News is entertainment now. Entertainment means good-looking. In our culture that means make up. Going natural on TV is an empty rebellious gesture. If it was a genuine gesture, it would be either permanent or minimally acknowledged.

  • e jerry powell

    I used to go to school in foundation and eye shadow, mostly because of acne. I was still ugly, but at least the zits were hidden.

  • JJ

    And yet we're not in a place culturally where it can be minimally acknowledged or permanent, which is why, in my opinion, these gestures aren't empty if the people who hear them have conversations like these.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I agree. I also don't feel like I'm cowardly when I wear mascara - which seems like the other side of that coin. I am cowardly about my brows, however, plucking isn't worth the pain.

  • Maguita NYC

    Have you forgotten your snark font again Mrs. J?

  • Mrs. Julien

    Was it not implicit?

  • Maguita NYC

    Apparently for some you need to be 'Splicit.

  • Mrs. Julien

    If that is the case, I do not now, nor will I ever, understand Pajiba.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    Whoever the person is in the third picture down, she has an ENORMOUS head.

  • That's gotta be the lean forward effect.
    I consider myself quite the connoisseur of enormous heads, and I call 'perspective trickery' on that one.

  • The blondes of Fox News...

  • Damn that's like the opposite of the Nazi war cabinet.
    In hair colour.

  • bastich

    Gotta catch 'em all!

  • Uriah_Creep

    Have you collected all their bubble gum cards? I'll trade you a Megyn Kelly for a Martha MacCallum.

  • bastich

    I'll take it! I need more Megyn Kelly cards for my special "bunk deck".

    I also have a dozen Glenn Beck rookie cards you can have for free. I still haven't figured out why there's a chimp in a Y95 t-shirt with him in the picture.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Meh, Glenn Beck rookie cards are a dime a dozen. I'm using one in my bike's spoke wheels.

  • Twillahiss

    Here's a slightly clearer photo. I think she's got some kind of foundation on and it looks like she's got a bit of eyeliner as well. But hey, it's definitely a lot less than she usually wears.

  • MauraFoley

    They show her getting her makeup removed with cleansing wipes before the segment. Anyone who's worn makeup (especially thick makeup for TV) can tell you that a little eyeliner and some foundation will remain on your face unless you do a full wash. I assume she didn't do a full wash in order to maintain her hairstyle.

  • Mrs. Julien

    That's a lot of leftover eyeliner even for a cleansing wipe.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I can't believe I'm going to defend a Fox anchor, but...if it's gel liner, like the one I wear, I need a very tough remover to get it off at night. If I simply wash my face with regular remover and go to bed, I wake up looking like a raccoon that's been around the block a few times.

  • Shannon

    Eyeliner can be a real sonnofabitch. Sometimes after washing I have to go back with cotton swabs and makeup remover to try to get eyeliner completely off. And even then it's not always successful. Not defending anyone though. I haven't even looked at the picture to be honest. I just wanted to talk about makeup.

  • e jerry powell

    No shade, but what brand of eyeliner are you using? That sounds like an effort worthy of a drag queen if the eyeliner is that tough.

  • Shannon

    No shade taken. And funny you should mention drag queens. I showed a picture of my newly organized makeup collection to a friend today and she said it looked "like something a drag queen would have." I'm not a trained makeup artist but I have done wedding makeup and special event makeup for people. I'm into it. I think the level of difficulty in eyeliner removal all depends on the type of liner. Kohl and crayon type pencils (the soft stuff) seem to be the most difficult for me because they can get all into the nooks and crannies of your lashes and lids. And if you use a high quality, smudge free, or water proof liner it's even more difficult to get off completely. And if you tight line that's even more challenging to remove. These days I use dark and well pigmented eye shadow as liner. That seems to be easier to remove. I don't have too much trouble removing the liquid felt tip type liners. They are not waxy.

  • MauraFoley

    Yeah, unless she like, rubbed a bunch of fucking bobbi brown remover glue paste shit that Sephora's always trying to get me to buy, tehre's gonna be a lot leftover.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I know, right? I pick and choose when I bust out the eyeliner for that very reason.

  • MauraFoley

    I pretty much only wear liquid liner on my eyelid because I FUUUCKIN' HAAAAAAAAATE eyeliner all up in my raccoon face.

  • alwaysanswerb

    Yeah, I still have some eyeliner left over from yesterday after two face washes because I didn't feel like scrubbing the shit out of my eyes.

  • ryallen

    She looks so nice without it. I bet most of the anchors do. People need to wear less makeup. Especially on TV. I mean, Erika Christensen would look so much better without that heap she wears on her face.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Here's a thing about makeup: One gets used to how one looks with it, so that when it is removed it looks insufficient somehow. It's the same thing behind people who never change their hair. They think, "This is how I look, this is how I'm supposed to look". When I went from glasses to contacts it was quite an adjustment, not to mention that everything suddenly looked about 25% bigger, including my posterior.

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