Tucker Carlson says he assaulted man who made pass at him in restroom

[UPDATE: See below. Carlson responded to Media Matters, but his story has changed. Now he says he and his friend merely “held” the man who came on to him as opposed to his macho claim on the air that he “grabbed him, and … hit him against the stall with his head.”]

The MSNBC host has serious masculinity issues. He said that Obama “seems like kind of a wuss” and “It makes you wonder what he won’t compromise of himself. Are we going to have mani/pedi parties next?” because the presidential candidate belongs to a book club. More recently he went batsh*t on the air over a discussion about transgender issues when he fixated on gender reassignment surgery and the thought of his “boys” being removed.

Now he pitches a fit while discussing Larry Craig, relating to an incident he experienced in a public restroom. (Media Matters, which has video):

“Having sex in a public men’s room is outrageous. It’s also really common. I’ve been bothered in men’s rooms.” Carlson continued, “I’ve been bothered in Georgetown Park,” in Washington, D.C., “when I was in high school.” When Abrams asked how Carlson responded to being “bothered,” Carlson asserted, “I went back with someone I knew and grabbed the guy by the — you know, and grabbed him, and … hit him against the stall with his head, actually.”

Here’s the video, with Joe Scarborough and Dan Abrams yukking it up with Tucker (the talk of the bashing is about 3 min in):


As I’ve noted before, Tucker has to deal with Freepers continually questioning his masculinity and sexual orientation; I guess it leaves him so wound up about his manhood that he can’t simply tell the bathroom perv he’s not interested. Think about it — he came back with a friend to bash the guy. Nice.

Here’s the MSNBC page for Tucker’s show, and the e-mail for the show: [email protected].


UPDATE: Tucker responded to Media Matters:

Let me be clear about an incident I referred to on MSNBC last night: In the mid-1980s, while I was a high school student, a man physically grabbed me in a men’s room in Washington, DC. I yelled, pulled away from him and ran out of the room. Twenty-five minutes later, a friend of mine and I returned to the men’s room. The man was still there, presumably waiting to do to someone else what he had done to me. My friend and I seized the man and held him until a security guard arrived.

Several bloggers have characterized this is a sort of gay bashing. That’s absurd, and an insult to anybody who has fought back against an unsolicited sexual attack. I wasn’t angry with the man because he was gay. I was angry because he assaulted me.

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