2020-06-07 22:05:58 UTC
violent rioters out of jail'
*The Fox News host named a number of stars in his show on Friday night,
including Lil Nas X, Seth Rogen and Halsey, who he said were 'fueling' looting
*Headshots of those he accused of stoking the violence scrolled past him
*With footage of rioting behind him, Carlson specifically called out Lil Nas X
*But the rapper hit back, tweeting: 'this man just lied and told millions of
people on national television that i was inciting riots. you can't make this up'
*Massive protests against police brutality nationwide have been galvanized by
the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police on Memorial Day
Celebrities have slammed Tucker Carlson 'for lying' after he reeled off a list
of stars he accused of 'funding the chaos and paying to get violent rioters out
The Fox News hosted named a number of stars in his show on Friday night,
including Lil Nas X, Seth Rogen and Halsey, who he said were 'fueling' looting.
Massive protests against police brutality nationwide have been galvanized by the
death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police on Memorial Day.
Tucker said: 'Big companies cynical, soulless, craven corporations like Pepsi,
Intel and AirBnB are funding this chaos. They're giving money to Black Lives
Matter which is pushing to defund the police.
'But it isn't just major corporations that are fueling all of this. Celebrities
are, too, by paying to get violent rioters out of jail.'
With footage of rioting and flames behind him, Carlson specifically called out
rapper Lil Nas X, saying he 'urged' his '4.7 million Twitter followers to donate
to bail groups in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and elsewhere'.
He added: 'Imagine if he had used those followers instead to help small
businesses destroyed by the riots he helped incite.'
But the Grammy award-winner hit back, tweeting: 'this man just lied and told
millions of people on national television that i was inciting riots. you can't
make this up.'
Acor Seth Rogen added: 'I think when white supremacists are bothered by your
actions, that's probably a good thing.
Replying to Lil Nas X, he added: 'F*** this pasty a**hole.'
And singer Halsey: 'Ahh my fellow Domestic terrorists. F*** Fox News.'
Comedian Patton Oswalt wrote: 'Got this e-mail from my mom when she heard about
Tucker Carlson doing his celebrity roll-call bulls*** on his show. I love her.'
He shared an image of the note sent by his mother which told him he is a 'good
Carlson also listed Janelle Monáe, Harry Styles, Steve Carell, and Blake Lively
as those celebrities he accused of inciting the violence.
Headshots of those he targeted scrolled up on the screen. Chrissy Teigan - whose
named was spelled wrong - has yet to comment on her appearance.
Comedian Rob Delaney, who appeared on the screen with actress Cynthia Nixon,
joked: 'Tucker Carlson not enthused about my new collab with @CynthiaNixon,
Antifa Virgin Dad: (Id Like to Have) Sex in the City.'
Saturday's marches featured few reports of problems in scenes that were more
often festive than tense.
Authorities were not quick to release crowd size estimates, but it was clear
tens of thousands of people and perhaps hundreds of thousands turned out
Wearing masks and urging fundamental change, protesters gathered in dozens of
places from coast to coast while mourners in North Carolina waited for hours to
glimpse the golden coffin carrying the body of native son Floyd.
Many cities lifted curfews imposed following initial spasms of arson, assaults
and smash-and-grab raids on businesses. Authorities have softened restrictions
as the number of arrests plummeted.
The largest U.S. demonstration appeared to be in Washington on Saturday, where
protesters flooded streets closed to traffic.