Fox Business host Sean Duffy: Dylan Mulvaney product sponsorships are a denigration of masculinity

Duffy: “You start to degenerate our immutable characteristics which are masculine. ... You start to denigrate that, you denigrate all of society.”

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Citation From the April 6, 2023 edition of Fox News' Outnumbered

KAYLEIGH MCENANY (FOX NEWS CO-HOST): We begin with a story that's been drawing a lot of attention this week. The growing backlash to big billion-dollar corporations who are sponsoring transgender influencer and activist Dylan Mulvaney and the wider debate about the inclusion of transgender women in female issues and spaces. Less than a week after Mulvaney generated controversy for becoming a paid partner for Bud Light, this happened. It's now facing a boycott. She now has a paid partnership with Nike to model sports bras and leggings on social media. As you can see, Mulvaney has also partnered with Ulta, Kate Spade, and even Tampax. Proponents say the companies are promoting diverse talent, but critics are arguing that companies are promoting transgenderism and pandering to the woke left. Harris, you said something, I believe it was last week, and it just hit me. It was about politics infiltrating its way into stadiums and sporting events, and I believe it was you said something like, you know, when you're looking at a product, when you're drinking a beer, when you're going to a stadium, you just don't wanna have these conversations. 

HARRIS FAULKNER (FOX NEWS CO-HOST): Remember, it was about the name change and you said I'm not going to a stadium that's called climate change whatever. I said yeah, you just want to go for the game. So is this much like that? Probably. You know, you want to work out, you wanna do the things you want to do. Do we need to flex in every way what people are feeling every time we do something? Can we just go and do what we do? I don't get to be not black everywhere I go, but I also don't make it an issue everywhere I go. Like, it doesn't become your issue when you to work out or you go to see a game that I'm black. I'm not really sure where people want to be on this because this is big and it's changing us and it's making us cancel each other if we don't agree in places and spaces where we should just be living and enjoying. 


SEAN DUFFY (FOX BUSINESS HOST): I think it's a really good point to make to show the prior commercial there's a lot of conversation about what impact this has on women, on girls, on sports, on fairness, but this is a point about what does this have to do with men? And these commercials, they tell a story about who men are. They celebrate strength and hard work and patriotism. They celebrate masculinity in these commercials. Well, you change that and you start to denigrate masculinity. You start to degenerate our immutable characteristics which are masculine, and you want a masculine culture. Our military enrollees now are at historic lows. People aren't enrolling for the military, but you need strong men to defend their culture, to fight in wars to defend their country. You need men to defend their families. Hopefully not, but maybe defend their wives, to work and provide for their families. You start to denigrate that, you denigrate all of society, and for me, I'm troubled, the messages that this sends to young men and young boys about what it means to be a man and it undermines what we projected over the course of the last 250 years in the country. 

MCENANY: Troubles for young women as well. Emily, we have some images from Nike commercials we'll put up and you see them celebrating female athletes who go out there, who put untold numbers of hours into their sport who now it's an unlevel playing field in the wake of inviting biological men into the wake. Why can't we put people like Mensah-Scott -- stock, excuse me, that beautiful wrestler, olympian who embraced the American flag, who hugged it. Such a great symbol for our country. Why can't we elevate figures like this?

EMILY COMPAGNO (FOX NEWS CO-HOST): Right, Loretta Claiborne who was one of the champions and pioneers of the Special Olympics, she's an amazing athlete. The issue I have is, first of all, there's no diversity when every single big corporation uses the same person, right? So apparently, no one can think beyond the other person's screen, and secondly, Mulvaney went on -- part of her personal Instagram post whatever was I just learned what March Madness was so now I'm taking part. So this is someone who apparently doesn't even know sports or at least didn't know it enough, wasn't a fan enough to participate let alone the athletes that we're talking about, and when Bud Light and Anheuser Bush and everyone else says we're trying to engage with a certain demographic, well the demographic would then be sports fan if that's their point, right? I think about, you know, I've had the utmost pleasure and honor to attend the Super Bowl and the World Series and the Olympics and really so many amazing events that the one that was the most amazing, the most incredible that I've ever been to was the 2012 Paralympics in London, and I think about, to me, who in my opinion is the greatest athlete of all time is Laura Webster. She's a sitting volleyball player for the women's USA team. She's competed in over five Paralympics, metaled each year. She was part of the original inaugural Paralympic sitting volleyball team. They are incredible. She's incredible. She won the best blocker of the Paralympic Games in Rio, and two of those Paralympic Games where they metaled, she was pregnant. That is a champion. That is someone that is worthy of being put on every advertisement from Nike, to Anheuser Bush, to everything.