CNN host Carol Costello has never been shy about speaking her mind and today was no exception.
Referring to Fox & Friends' crude moments after the Ray Rice video emerged yesterday, Costello told viewers “When I watched that segment, I wanted to scream — actually I wanted to throw up, and so did millions of others online."
Online and offline, I'm sure.
“The heart of the matter is, what about the women?” Costello asked on Tuesday. “All the mothers and daughters and sisters who are abused by someone who [says he] loves them. And why, all too often, we’re quick to point the finger of blame their way.”
According to that Raw Story article, she came back in the second hour to let them have it again.
“Stop the victim blaming. Yes, victims of domestic violence often return to their abusers for many complicated reasons,” she pointed out. “I did briefly. In an op-ed I wrote for CNN.com, I talked about a boyfriend who knocked me out. I met up with that boyfriend again because he wanted to apologize. Let’s just say, it was not a good idea.”
“So Fox & Friends, to put it bluntly, shut up!”
I know exactly how she feels. Anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an abuser's fist knows exactly how she feels. I'm sure she wanted to tell them more than to shut up, so I admire her restraint.
In the interest of fairness, I should note that Kilmeade issued a brief non-apology in response to the overwhelmingly negative feedback they got on that moment of stupid.
Meanwhile, comments that we made during this story yesterday made some people feel like we were taking this situation too lightly. We are not. We were not. Domestic abuse is a very serious issue to us, I can assure you.
That was shoved between two segments, and seemed to be read from a teleprompter. Real sincere, pal.