Triggered by machismo, Joy Reid says Tucker is delivering conservative white males a coded message

Joy Reid, host of MSNBC’s show “The ReidOut” must spend a great deal of her time watching Tucker Carlson’s nightly show and previewing new episodes of his original programming “Tucker Carlson Originals.”

And now it seems the release of a trailer for the new episode “The End of Men,” in which Carlson explores issues surrounding the decline and debasement of traditional masculinity, has triggered Reid something awful. Her most original take was to see in the episode a sinister, hidden “code” to white conservative males to, as she says, “make white babies.”

She also seemed to dabble in anti-gay slurs by mocking the trailer’s healthy surfeit of shirtless men.

“Now a new trailer is out,” she said, “to promote his feature series ‘The End of Men’—or shall we call it ‘an Ode to Men,’ a certain type of man, that is. The trailer featured shirtless men doing all the manly things: shooting guns, grilling, drinking egg yolks, and in one bizarre scene, tanning one’s groin using red laser beams.”

Actually, Reid did a pretty good job of promoting the episode with that thrilling teaser. It reminds one of that classic 80s action flick “The Predator”—with the exception of drinking egg yolks, of course. Naturally, the trailer for the episode—set to the famous strains of the Introduction from Richard Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra—was designed for maximum humorous effect, and is not to be taken too seriously.

“Leave it to the Swanson frozen-food heir to suggest microwaving your testicles,” Reid commented, sarcastically. The image of a man subjecting his, ahem, nether regions to a dose of red light therapy—”laser beams” or “microwaving your testicles,” in Reid’s terminology—seems to have elicited the most interest in leftist circles. New York Magazine even devoted an entire article to its inclusion in Carlson’s show, in which the episode was denounced as “misogynistic,” “homophobic,” and, finally, “unbelievably gay”—all in the same sentence.

In the episode, Carlson speaks to Andrew McGovern, apparently an advocate for “testicle tanning,” who touts the health benefits and testosterone-boosting powers of subjecting one’s “junk” to red light therapy.

But back to Joy Reid, who adopts a much more serious tone, warning her audience about the insidious danger posed by Tucker Carlson and his documentary series.

“I mean testicle tanning,” she says, “which supposedly raises testosterone levels in men, presumably not FDA approved, was an absolutely popular search term today. And we can make jokes about [Carlson], because, I mean, come on, and laugh at him on Twitter—but the message here is far more nefarious.”

It usually is. Joy Reid tells us exactly why.

“It’s about the so-called ‘decline of masculinity’ and the rise of the Left,” she explained. “And it’s a message that resonates deeply with [Carlson’s] Gen-X to elderly white male evangelical audience. The formerly bow-tied, ‘Dancing With the Stars’ contestant’s hyper-masculinity flex is some pretty blatant fascist posturing.”

“The ‘decline of real men’ is code for conservative white men who need laser beams to make white babies…[w]hat’s scarier is what the rhetoric translates into, from book banning to abortion bans and laws that regulate procreation in women’s bodies. And what is now an obsession with the false notion that scary liberal saboteurs are going to turn your kids, meaning your sons, trans. That fascist posturing has led to fascist tendencies on the American right,” Reid asserted.

So there you have it: testicle tanning is fascist, and it’s a gateway drug to even more fascism and the eventual triumphant return of the fascist Donald Trump and the end of Our Democracy.

But don’t worry—we’re fortunate to have Joy Reid, whose tireless vigilance will prevent the rise in America of a Fourth Reich of bow-tie-wearing, testicle-tanning, egg-yolk-drinking Nazis.


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