September 7, 2022

If you thought Dr. Oz's video about the price of crudités made you cringe, Jezebel dug up a 2014 interview of his with morning radio show The Breakfast Club host Angela Yee, and it's pretty bad. That is unless incest is something you're cool with. Remember when Trump's Access Hollywood tape was released before the election, and Republicans were all, "That's locker room talk" or "It was years ago," well, I'm not sure they can do that with this one. On the other hand, Republicans might see it as a challenge.

The host asked Oz to weigh in on a question that a listener sent about someone struggling with an incestuous relationship.

"I'm going to ask you this, and you tell me if this is safe for this person, OK?" Yee told Oz. "Well, he said, 'Yee, I can't stop smashing my cousin.' That means sleeping with."

Yee continued to read out the question: "'We hooked up at a young age and now in our 20s, she still wants it. No matter how much I want to stop, I always give it to her. Help me.' What advice would you give that person?"

Via Jezebel:

Oz: If you're more than a first cousin away, it's not a big problem.

Yee: OK, so second cousin is fine to smash.

Charlamagne: It's so funny, cause I knew that.

DJ Envy: How did you know that?

Charlamagne: Cause I'm from the country! Third cousins?

Oz: Yeah. It's fine.

"Every family has genetic strengths and weaknesses," Oz explained. "And so the reason we naturally crave people who are not so like us is because you just mix the gene pool up a little bit so that if I had one gene for, let's say, hemophilia, which is a classic example where you bleed a lot if you cut yourself, I don't want to marry a cousin who has the same hemophilia gene, because the chance of our child having both those genes is much higher."

OK, there's more at Jezebel, but I will stop his dialogue there. Because although Oz's explanation might thrill Rudy Giuliani, who married his second cousin, most of us are thoroughly disgusted by the thought. However, Republicans did give Trump and Rudy a pass, so this is probably no biggie for them. Party of family values, and all that.

Fetterman weighed in.

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