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Tucker Carlson engaged in a heated debate over “toxic masculinity” on Monday, and accused a female guest on his Fox News program of hypocrisy over her refusal to specifically condemn John Mayer’s “Your Body Is a Wonderland” for being harmful to women.
“I want to restate that John Mayer is a really talented guy,” said Carlson. “But I remember his song, ‘Your Body Is a Wonderland’ and in it he’s got this line ‘one pair of candy lips in your bubblegum tongue’ … and I could go on,” Carlson said. “But I’m just wondering. Is that an examples of toxic masculinity right there?”
Carlson’s guest, described as “feminist” Anushay Hossain told him no, it was not.
“No. It isn’t,” she said. “Toxic masculinity isn’t about saying your body is a wonderland. It’s actually about men being violent towards women and that song was written for his girlfriend at the time.”
The broader point of the segment was Carlson’s desire to highlight what he said was a double standard in the way artists like John Mayer were treated as opposed to Brett Kavanaugh.
“If Brett Kavanaugh’s calendar from 1982 had basketball with squee and then your body is a wonderland and your bubblegum tongue, you would have called for his arrest,” Carlson said.
The conversation then largely broke down, with Carlson calling “toxic masculinity” “some dumb made-up feminist term” and demanded to know about whether “toxic femininity” and “toxic homosexuality” were real as well.
The video ended with Carlson laughing in her face, and then laughing more for the camera. “Hilarious,” he concluded.
A representative for John Mayer did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.