Last night, Fox News hosts Megyn Kelly and Bill O’Reilly attempted to defend a UC Davis police officer’s use of pepper spray against nonviolent protesters.
“I don’t think we have the right to Monday-morning quarterback the police,” O’Reilly said, “particularly at a place like UC Davis, which is a fairly liberal campus.” He didn’t explain why the abuse of violent force might be more necessary or justified against liberal students.
Kelly went even further in dismissing the suffering of students attacked by the pepper spray, speculating that it’s not that harmful because “it’s like a derivative of actual pepper. It’s a food product, essentially.”
That statement has created a new viral phrase all of the Twitter world. Here are a few of the best ones:
“Mustard gas: it’s a hot dog condiment, essentially!”
“Unemployment: it’s free vacation, essentially.”
“Prison: it’s free room and board, essentially!”
“Stonings: They’re microdermabrasion, basically.”
“Waterboarding: It’s a really high-powered shower, essentially!”
“Beheadings: They’re really close haircuts, essentially!”
“Yellow cake uranium is a dessert, essentially”
“Rape, it’s just surprise sex, essentially.”