When Facebook added multiple gender options to its profile settings last month, Fox News got more than a little upset and confused. One host in particular, Clayton Morris, made an offhanded, sarcastic and clearly biting comment that he had changed his Facebook gender to “intersex.” You could practically hear the eye-roll.
Weeks later, Morris has actually apologized for his ignorant comments. This came during a Fox News discussion of another story in which a high school is considering abolishing their system of differently colored graduation robes for men and women, in an attempt to be more inclusive of trans and gender nonconforming students.
Here’s what he said:
"There are millions of Americans and children who are born with the sexual organs who are not there or are not fully developed and therefore don’t define themselves by a particular gender," Morris added. "It’s not as black and white as we would like to make it. Just pick whatever color gown you want."
He told his co-hosts to imagine being the parent of an intersex child affected by a high school’s decision, and objected to one Twitter user who complained about people getting “offended.” Morris continued, going on to apologize for his earlier Facebook comments:
Just put yourself in the shoes of those children, though, who have to deal with that. Look, I made a pretty ignorant statement a few weeks ago, we were talking about the Facebook story where they added a bunch of different gender-identifying things. And I made sort of an offhanded comment and I regretted it later because now, ‘Wait a second. There are people who are actually dealing with this and I’m an idiot for saying something stupid like that.’ So before you open your mouth, just think about it a little bit.
I hate Fox News as much as the next person, but as far as apologies go, this is a pretty decent one. Good on him for stepping up, even if he’s still got a lot to learn.