As a co-host on Fox News’ Outnumbered, Tucker Carlson lamented that a female teacher would be punished for giving a lap dance to one of her male students, saying it would be "the greatest thing that ever happened” and is a victimless crime.
Media Matters caught the episode in April 2014, and Carlson caught a lot of flack for his comments.
The co-host noted that responses to his initial comment — that such sexual harassment or assault is a victimless crime when the student is a boy — broke down along the gender divide, with women appalled by his statement and men offering support.
Carlson then doubled down on his stance, saying “a 15-year-old boy is not a 15-year-old girl” and would welcome sexual contact from a female teacher, whereas a girl would be traumatized.
He said he doesn’t “want that to be true, but it is true,” and concluded that female teachers should not be criminally liable for such behavior.
Prior to his debut on Fox News, Carlson was recorded during conversations with the hosts of shock jock radio program Bubba the Love Sponge all but putting his stamp of approval on the forced marriage of underage girls.
“I am not defending underage marriage at all,” he said. “I just don't think it's the same thing exactly as pulling a child from a bus stop and sexually assaulting that child.”
“The rapist, in this case, has made a lifelong commitment to live and take care of the person, so it is a little different,” Carlson added. “I mean, let's be honest about it.”
In 2006, the subject of female teachers sexually abusing male students also came up, and Carlson held the same view then.
Discussing a 13-year-old boy whose female teacher reportedly had sex with him 28 times in just one week, Carlson praised the boy’s stamina and asked the hosts, “Do you take your hat off to this kid?”
He added that the boy should receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom and suggested that teachers like this are doing a favor to 13-year-old girls.
“Look, my theory on this is, you know, 13-year-old boys have one goal, obviously in life,” he said. “And they take that out on 13-year-old girls. Now, 13-year-old boys getting laid, not a bad thing. Thirteen-year-old girls getting laid, bad thing. Particularly if the 13-year-old girl is your daughter, right?”
“So my point is that teacher's like this, not necessarily this one in particular, but they are doing a service to all 13-year-old girls by taking the pressure off. They are a pressure relief valve, like the kind you have on your furnace.”