Recently, FOX News released a derogatory and truly insulting story; to nobody’s surprise. Tucker Carlson and Tammy Bruce openly mocked Wiccans and Pagans, because of the recent addition of their holidays to the Missouri University holiday calendar, which also encompasses Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and several other religions’ holidays.
Now, in their opening statement, they clearly say that everyone on campus likes and accepts these additions, because they feel it helps them connect and respect their colleagues, students and professors. However, the narrow minded Carlson had a different approach, and Ms. Bruce was happy to chime in with him.
Carlson claims that 20% of all of the holidays are Wiccan, and Bruce adds in by saying maybe they should convert, so they could have more days off.
As a Wiccan of over six years, I can say there are only eight holidays, year round. While some Wiccans and Pagans celebrate other things, most celebrate only the main eight.
When Bruce so eloquently states that she has “…never met a Wiccan, but I might turn into one on a bad day.”, she not only was rude to those of us who are Wiccan, but is also promoting the stereotype that Wiccans and Pagans are evil, and put hexes and what-not on people. If anyone was actually educated on the subject they are speaking to the nation about, they would know Wiccans and Pagans are peaceful, nature loving people who focus on the positive and don’t believe in hexes or black magic.
While Bruce goes on to, once again, wrongly say that all Wiccans are anti-establishment, Carlson adds his wit to the situation and expresses his belief that the average Wiccan probably couldn’t name all of their religions holidays. Most of the Wiccan community was either outraged or shocked into silence at this point, and while this successfully insulting piece goes on for another minute or so, Bruce claims we are against tradition, aside from the fact that Paganism is so old nobody actually knows how far back it goes, even right past Egyptian and Druidism, Wiccans main holiday is Halloween, which it is not, and we are trying to downgrade what is important to the majority of Americans. After that, Carlson adds in his bit about us hating Orthodox Christians, and that “Only a country that has been too rich for too long could be as frivolous and silly”. I would like to point out that 4% of the world’s population is Wiccan or Pagan, and that not only is it practiced worldwide, it is also accepted as a way of life.
On top of that segment, as if it weren’t enough, FOX put up another three minutes of bashing Wiccans and Pagans, again with Tucker Carlson adding jibes about all Wiccans being “either a compulsive Dungeons and Dragons player or is a middle-age twice-divorced older woman living and a rural area who works as a midwife.”
Carlson’s colleague so kindly added that we like a lot of incense as well.
Well, as a college student living in New York, I can honestly say I’ve never played Dungeons and Dragons, been married, let alone divorced twice, and I’ve never particularly liked the smoke from incense.
The outrage of this news clip, not only from Wiccans and Pagans, but from people everywhere across the country, we so intense, not only was the video pulled from their website within four hours, but Tucker Carlson was made to apologize on air after receiving two petitions of over twenty thousand signatures each.
I’ve seen plenty of ignorant people who say awful remarks about things they don’t understand or don’t want to understand, but to have paid journalists spreading pure lies and opinions on air, wrongly teaching those who watch, about such an important topic is frightening as it is sick. When the public starts receiving information they believe to be true on a subject that hasn’t even been looked into, that’s when all information sources lose their credibility and the country will be plunged into an era where nobody’s the wiser about anything outside their own living spaces.