Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld joined the chorus of critics calling out college-aged students still heading out to beaches over spring break despite the coronavirus crisis.
Gutfeld suggested parents of the kids in their twenties should lie about the COVID-19 outbreak to have them take it more seriously and stay at home, discussing the issue with his co-hosts on “The Five” Tuesday.
(Source: Fox News)
His comments followed a report on how beaches in Florida and South Carolina have been packed with 20-year-olds on break from school amidst the coronavirus outbreak. With officials urging Americans to stay home and practice “social distancing” to help stem the spread of the virus, images of crowded beaches despite the closure of businesses in the wake of the pandemic prompted heavy backlash and criticism.
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“Hey, Greg, I am thinking to myself, you know, you’re a young fellow, you know how to party… What would you say to these party animals?” Gutfeld’s co-host Juan Williams asked Tuesday.
“I don’t think we should be surprised that young people engage in high-risk activity. At that age, young people already don’t understand the effects of dumb behavior on their mortality, they have the highest death rates in car accidents and they do really stupid things,” he replied.
“Now you want them to see how their behavior affects others…and if they can’t understand that then they’re not worth talking to, but that’s the problem because now it’s no longer about them,” Gutfeld added.
“We almost need to lie to them, you have to tell them that it is a sexually transmitted disease because then they won’t go to spring break — if you said this is worse than herpes, then they might like go home,” he continued, prompting laughter from his co-hosts.
“But I think there need to be consequences in order for them to understand the importance of this. Because obviously, to the doctor’s point, congregating, asymptomatic spread, you combine those two things together, it ain’t going to stop spreading, these kids should stay home, and drink at home like I do, the responsible way, under a sun-lamp,” Gutfeld joked.
Fox News contributor Dr. Nicole Saphier noted how this particular generation responds to “positive and negative reinforcement.”
“Unless there is some sort of tangible positive reinforcement, which is they’re obviously not getting sick, they are going to have to have a negative reinforcement to follow what we need them to do to help us get through this crisis,” she told the co-hosts.
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Jesse Watters added that “these kids are young, they’re dumb, they don’t understand consequences, their hormones are raging and they are very selfish people.”
“As someone who went to spring break and reported on spring break, I am a spring break veteran…out of respect, young college students, for your parents and your grandparents who are paying your college tuition to go to spring break and cut loose, don’t do it,” he added, after saying it is not possible to “close all the beaches and the bars and lock up anybody that’s out past curfew.”
“Are they going to listen to me? No!” Watters concluded. “These kids are going to do what they want, and just think about it.”
Co-host Dana Perino added a serious note, advising future employers, “if you find out that any of these people that think you might hire went to spring break or went to the bar or disregarded public health officials, I wouldn’t hire them.”
“If they posted on social media, believe me, I will find it and you will not get hired,” she added. “That’s the kind of punishment that they will listen to.”
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