Fox contributor complains about Martha Stewart’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover

Lisa Boothe: “There's this whole thing now where we're told like beauty is someone who's like objectively not attractive”

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Citation From the May 15, 2023, edition of Fox News Channel's Outnumbered

KAYLEIGH MCENANAY (CO-HOST): Absolutely. No, I think this is great. Celebrating women. You don't have to be a perfect model in your 20s. She looks beautiful, she looks great, I'm all for it.

EMILY COMPAGNO (CO-HOST): You know she looks happy.


LISA BOOTHE (GUEST): Am I the only hater? I'm going to be a hater. I'm not down with it. Like she's 81, what are we going to put like 90-year-olds on the cover?

FAULKNER: Sure, why not?

BOOTHE: It's like putting obese people on the cover

FAULKNER: I know 30-year-olds who don't look that good.

MCENANY: My memaw looks great in a bathing suit. And she was so proud of it.

BOOTHE: I'm not down with it. Look, like I don't want to give young girls complexes, so I understand that we don't want to feed unhealthy perceptions among young people. We also don't need to go nuts with it, right? It's like telling people that like Lizzo is healthy or something. I'm sorry, you're not. 

FAULKNER: Oh, I wouldn't compare Martha Stewart —

BOOTHE: No, but it's just like this whole movement of we have to have the oldest, we have to do this — I don't know, I'm not down with it, I'm sorry.


COMPAGNO: Would you feel better about this if — do you feel that Sports Illustrated is relegated to a certain look, and therefore if she was on the cover of maybe Women's Health or  Town and Country, like you're OK with this but just on a different medium?

BOOTHE: Yeah, like there is this whole thing now, and she's actually attractive, but there's this whole thing now where we're told like beauty is someone who's like objectively not attractive, right? Like, we are just in this like weird — I don't like the societal stuff that's going on right now.

GUY BENSON (GUEST): I think it's tasteful, she looks beautiful.

BOOTHE: Not her specifically, but we're told, you know, hairy armpits is attractive, like it's not. You know what I mean? I just want to live in reality, that's all I want to do.

COMPAGNO: The good news is reality always resides here on this couch.