Fox host says call police if children seen wearing masks

Published By Alexandra Heilbron on Apr 28, 2021

This week, Fox News host Tucker Carlson says it's "child abuse" and "illegal" for parents to put protective face masks on children playing outdoors, comparing it to a child being beaten. He told viewers they should call police or Child Protective Services if they witness any instances of children wearing masks.

"People need fresh air. Especially children," Carlson said. “Deprive them of fresh air and you hurt them."

Jimmy Kimmel responded to Carlson's comments on his late night talk show, saying, “The guy said nothing after Sandy Hook [in which 20 children, all aged six or seven, were shot and killed]. “Now he wants you to call the cops, ‘There’s a kid with cotton on his face.’”

Carlson added, “As for forcing children to wear masks outside, that should be illegal. Your response when you see children wearing masks as they play should be no different from your response when you see someone beat a kid in Walmart. Call the police immediately. Contact Child Protective Services. Keep calling until someone arrives. What you’re looking at is abuse, it’s child abuse, and you’re morally obligated to attempt to prevent it.”

Kimmel further commented on Carlson's statement, saying, "What kind of analogy is that? I mean, who’s at home nodding along with that? Is it possible that Tucker Carlson is actually a top-secret Sacha Baron Cohen character that he’s going to reveal to us? It’s the only explanation we have left.”

Carlson also told adult viewers, "So the next time you see someone in a mask on the sidewalk or a bike path, do not hesitate. Ask politely but firmly, 'Would you please take off your mask?... Your mask is making me uncomfortable.'"

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that masks should be worn by children aged 6 to 11, and "children aged 12 and over should wear a mask under the same conditions as adults, in particular when they cannot guarantee at least a 1-metre distance from others and there is widespread transmission in the area." They also write on their website: "Masks should be used as part of a comprehensive strategy of measures to suppress transmission and save lives; the use of a mask alone is not sufficient to provide an adequate level of protection against COVID-19. If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, stay safe by taking some simple precautions, such as physical distancing, wearing a mask, keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds, cleaning your hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue."

"Make wearing a mask a normal part of being around other people."

To date, almost 590,000 people in the U.S. have lost their lives to the coronavirus during the pandemic. Worldwide, the death count stands at over 3.15 million. ~Alexandra Heilbron

Comments & Discussion

  1. Jake • 4/29/2021 9:42:11 AM

    If some douchebag ever comes up to me and says Take off your mask, it's making me uncomfortable, I'm going to punch his non-mask wearing nose and I'm not going to stop punching until he's on the ground.

  2. paul • 4/29/2021 10:32:16 AM

    Unbelievable. Tucker Carlson a name to forget. I don't believe, he believes, anything he's saying. It's just to get the attention he missed as a child. And if he does believe it he should seek help.Choose to wear a mask or don't but stay at least 6 feet away from me.

  3. Charles M. • 4/29/2021 10:35:59 AM

    Tucker Carlson keeps screeching out of that foul smelling piehole under his nose. Faux Noise are a pack of rabid animals broadcasting Right Wingnut Propaganda to other rabid animals.

  4. Dee • 4/29/2021 10:38:26 AM

    Unreal, with children getting covid now, carlsons words are so absurd and ignorant. Maybe its time or him to hang up his tie and say goodbye. It's our choice to wear a mask or not, if I'm wearing a mask you can can bet your ass my kids are wearing too. Sometimes people need to keep their nose on their face where it belongs. And P.S. violence doesn't solve a darn thing✌

  5. Deb Kendall • 4/29/2021 10:43:26 AM

    And he still has his job? Aren't news hosts just supposed to impartially inform us of the news facts... not make up their own news? Everyone is entitled to their opinion but that is a bit much to use their platform for shaming mask wearers. Dump him if he cannot be impartial.

  6. Lorena • 4/29/2021 10:52:26 AM

    Mental instability is running rampant. Tucker Carlson, in my opinion, needs some psychiatric help immediately. Tucker - yes, the police have nothing better to do than listen to idiots like you calling them up with this complaint. People are dying and starving and jobless - but this is what you focus on??? You're an idiot - a "covidiot". Some people will say and/or do ANYTHING for attention. Ignore him..... he's cuckoo

  7. Foxxy • 4/29/2021 11:02:46 AM

    Fox News needs to be shut down. They give wrong facts and biased views. In short, they give fake news and too many gullible people believe everything they hear on there.

  8. OMG • 4/29/2021 11:18:29 AM

    OMG like the police don't have enough to bother with than people calling because parents decide to have a little bit of cotton on their kids' faces to protect them from deadly virus. Let's not forget a 13 year old girl died two days ago in Brampton. This is attacking younger and younger people all the time. No one is safe. Everyone should have the freedom to wear a mask. And let's face it; smart people are wearing a mask and taking precautions. The people who still think COVID-19 is fake, let the chips fall where they may but you are putting everyone around you in danger.

  9. Bill • 4/29/2021 11:26:03 AM

    The world would be much better off I there were no fox news to put morons like this on the air.

  10. Anne • 4/29/2021 11:37:35 AM

    Tucker is braindead. Breathing in all that toxic air at Fox news has left his brain empty of any COMMON SENSE.

  11. Judith Handojo • 4/29/2021 11:57:37 AM

    Tucker Twanker can you close your mouth, it’s making me uncomfortable

  12. Monica Marchand • 4/29/2021 12:34:14 PM

    This is so true. There is no reason for children to wear a mask - none. It is horrendous that we are putting an untested safety device on children when you can't even add a towel to a carseat as it's considered unsafe. Why people have put no consideration for the children in all this is beyond me. Many are going to be affect for life because of this.

  13. Jaye Donaldson • 4/29/2021 1:04:19 PM

    I agree with Tucker and Monica Marchand. I do think Tucker's stand is not the best way to handle the situation, but he is absolutely right about children and masks. It breaks my heart to see so many children outside in the fresh air (or anywhere, TBH) wearing a face mask. And honestly, it's not good for adults, either. Besides, if masks, social distancing, and lockdowns actually worked, this situation would have been over months ago.

  14. Leah • 4/29/2021 1:45:13 PM

    I think that is absolutely ridiculous. Masks are being worn for a reason, to help stop the spread of covid. I seriously can't believe someone would call the police if they saw my child outside with her mask in. She makes the decision to do because she knows it is going to help keep her safe. Let's save the phone calls that are needed when children are actually being harmed

  15. Teresa R Lahr • 4/29/2021 1:51:49 PM

    I love Tucker...he is right children need air to grow. Don't put a mask on a child. They need to build up their resistance. to germs! and virus's.

  16. CovidIsFakeUntilYouGetIt • 4/29/2021 2:27:57 PM

    ....but mah freedums !

  17. Chris • 4/29/2021 2:47:59 PM

    This has nothing to do with entertainment news and it shouldn't be posted here. Keep your politics at home, Tribute.

  18. marymarymary • 4/29/2021 3:22:55 PM

    i heard his name being thrown around before especially while Thump was in Washington trying to dismantle his own country, this guy is another nut job

  19. Tucker Carlson • 4/29/2021 3:59:20 PM

    Don't believe anything I say on Fox News. I've haven't been taking my meds for years.

  20. Delia • 4/29/2021 4:55:05 PM

    Pull all the medical masks off children, eh? Because you know better? I know several children who masks all the time — because they’re being treated for cancer and they need protection. Ok then.

  21. Chad • 4/30/2021 9:34:22 AM

    Fox "News" is an entertainment program. That's how they can get away with spreading lies. Who really watches this for non-biased information? Wearing masks isn't political, it is to help all of us get through this. I'll listen to scientists over any other source when it pertains to science. It is kind of their specialty after all.

  22. Gyre07 • 4/30/2021 3:50:32 PM

    Tucker has a point. Children have been known from the onset of the pandemic to have much less than a 1% chance of being Covid infected. Not being infected equals no statistical ability to infect anybody else. Global scientists are unanimous on these facts. That brings us to the potential downside, the biggest of which is social isolation which masks create and exacerbate by factors of >10-100. This is the reason that child suicides have increased exponentially during the pandemic. Just because a scientifically-known facts conflict with the narrative in your head doesn't mean they aren't valid. Tucker made a point by making a silly and exaggerated suggestion as to what we could do to stop the madness and groupthink negatively impacting our children, but that doesn't mean the point he made isn't valid.

  23. Maryt • 5/2/2021 3:10:05 PM

    the reason so many commentors say fox news is fake news is because they have been brainwashed by the real fake news-----cnn, msnbc, cbs, nbc & abc "news"

  24. Sarta • 5/2/2021 5:47:18 PM

    This man is so unhinged, jesus christ.

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