Fox News host Tucker Carlson sparked outrage and condemnations after claiming in a Wednesday night segment that societies in which women make more money than men are historically tied to drug and alcohol abuse, high imprisonment rates and births out-of-wedlock.
“In many areas, women suddenly made more than men. Now, before you applaud that as a victory for feminism, consider some of the effects,” Carlson began the segment.
“Study after study has shown that when men make less than women, women generally don’t want to marry them,” Carlson claimed. “Over big populations this causes a drop in marriage, a spike in out-of-wedlock births and all the familiar disasters that inevitably follow. More drug and alcohol abuse, higher incarceration rates, fewer families formed in the next generation.”
“More drug and alcohol abuse, higher incarceration rates, fewer families formed in the next generation. This is not speculation, it’s not propaganda from the evangelicals. It’s social science. We know it’s true. Rich people know it best of all, that’s why they get married before they have kids. That model works,” he concluded.
In the same segment, Carlson pointed to opioid addiction and suicides as one of the key factors causing a depopulation of the country, adding that anyone measuring the nation’s health through it’s GDP is “an idiot.” Carlson said Americans are seeking something “simpler and more elusive than mere prosperity: happiness.”
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2017 men earned a median wage of $49,192 compared to women who make $39,988, or 81.3 percent of the average male salary. With experts citing factors such as pregnancy in the research, that gap only widens with age. Men between the ages of 55 to 64 make an average of $58,760 compared to $43,420 among women in the workplace.
In March, Carlson used his show to point out several reasons “men are falling behind in this country.” He specifically pointed out the disappearance of fathers from the American home, revealing a statistic showing that between 1960 and 2016 the proportion of American kids living with both parents decreased by 20 percent. And the percentage of children living with single mothers nearly tripled.
In response to Carlson’s on-air rant, the New York State Department of Labor tweeted its own pay equity study at the host, urging the Fox News host to “read up” on research that shows “closing the gender wage gap is beneficial for women, men, families, the US & global economies and businesses.”
Research shows that closing the #genderwagegap is beneficial for women, men, families, the US & global economies and businesses.
— NYS Dept of Labor (@NYSLabor) January 3, 2019
The View’s Abby Huntsman expressed shock and dismay at her former colleague’s argument about “Men in Decline.”
“I’d be thrilled to make more than my husband,” Huntsman said in response to Carlson’s segment. “This is so different than the Tucker that I know,” she added. “Anyone that’s worked closely with him—he was so supportive of my career and wanted me to succeed. He’s also a big proponent of marriage and families, that is probably the biggest thing for him, but he was always great to anyone he worked with, people of different backgrounds, immigrants. He loved helping them out. So if you know Tucker personally, you would say he has a heart of gold.”
“I don’t see what good that is when he’s promoting this bad stuff to millions of people,” co-host Joy Behar shot back to applause from the audience.
“I’m just saying it goes against the person that I know,” Huntsman added.