‘Red Eye’ evaluates Baltimore McDonald’s beating: Is it a ‘hate crime?’

Earlier this week, a video of a violent beating of an individual at a Baltimore McDonald’s went viral on the Internet, and gained a lot of national reaction about violence in the public places.

On Tuesday morning’s “Red Eye,” host Greg Gutfeld used his Gregalogue segment to offer his analysis of just how bad the event was and the disgraceful nature of all the characters involved.

“So you’ve probably seen that video of those two black girls beating a woman at McDonald’s to near death,” Gutfeld said. “It is the worst thing I have ever seen and I saw ‘The Last Airbender.’ The vicious attack went on forever mainly because all of the creeps nearby just egged it on. The victim ended up in convulsions with a loathsome employee aiding the culprit’s escape. Now, the good news is the victim, Chrissy Polis, although bruised and battered, seems pretty good. She seems all right.”

Polis was later identified to be transgender and authorities are contemplating hate crime charges. However, Gutfeld took umbrage with that.

“Since that fact has emerged, law enforcement is considering prosecuting this as a hate crime,” Gutfeld continued. “So wait, you are telling me this wasn’t a hate crime before you knew she wasn’t transgendered? She is viciously beaten, but adding the alt-gender component somehow makes it worse. Sorry, but why should that have any impact on the barbarism of the crime? The person is a person, end of story. You don’t need to add hate, especially when the hate wasn’t there. The victim even says these people were just looking for a fight.”

And Gutfeld argued this wasn’t motivated by hate, but by a lack of morality which he said is an issue that is far more important to tackle than childhood obesity.

“The fact is, like many modern crimes, this one was driven by callousness – more chilling because neither hate nor love was around,” Gutfeld continued. “The folly of the hate crime law is that it mistakenly views the original crime as not quite bad enough. Anyway, screw the child obesity epidemic. The real danger is not what kids are eating, but the horrible kids themselves. Michelle Obama, listen to me – maybe it is about time your task force focused on morality instead of menus. And if you disagree with me, you sir are a racist homophobe.”


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Each of Gutfeld’s “Red Eye” panelists also added their thoughts on potential hate crimes charges. Actor and comedian Michael McDonald, formerly of “MADtv” fame, likened this horrific scene to a game of “politically correct poker.”

“To me, I don’t know – regarding the whole hate crime thing, I sort of think it is good intentions with horrible results, yet again,” he said. “And to me making things a hate crime – it’s a little bit like playing a game of politically correct poker where like, ‘I see your two disadvantaged black girls and I give a transgender girl.’”

Nick Gillespie, editor of Reason.com and Reason.tv worried the precedent set by hate crime laws erodes at the privacy of individuals.

“First off, I do think that this is the type of thing we expected from an Arby’s or a Hardees crowd – not a McDonald’s,” Gillespie said. “And also I’m sure the girls worked off the total calories of that meal. But yeah, hate crime legislation is bad because we don’t need to give cops or law enforcement more reason to pry into people’s minds and to screw with people. I mean, you see it out there. You know, they should be arrested and tried for beating somebody senseless and let it go with that.”

Finally, conservative pundit and author of the forthcoming book “Demonic: How the Lib Mob is Endangering America,” Ann Coulter had the most succinct one-liner of the segment.

“No, the beating was one of the grossest things I’ve ever seen,” Coulter said. “It’s the most disturbing on-air performance by a black woman since ‘Precious.’”

She added that the way things have progressed, we are emerged in a society where if you have victim status, you have clout and power.

  • Liberalsareblind

    This is a hate crime. It may not be a transgendered hate crime due to the fact that he was in the ladies room. However, at the very least it’s a Black on White hate crime. If two White people were beating up on a Black person like in this video it would be all over the mainstream media, and every liberal from coast to coast would be raising Hell about it. You would have Jessie Jackson on CNN ranting and raving about this video if the colors were the opposite.

  • clw

    Absolutely surreal. Those bathrooms are SMALL. Most have only one or two stalls. I would have given him/her some space and waited. Not that I ENDORSE or appreciate men in the women’s restroom mind you, just saying ‘pick your battles’. If it really bothers you, tell the management. Good grief, why risk an assualt charge? Walk away if you don’t like it.

  • RinoHunter

    Let’s see. If a bunch of white people beat up a black person, then that’s a hate crime. If a bunch of black people beat up a white person, then that’s reparations?

  • GeniousIQ

    I don’t consider myself “prejudice” – but that doesn’t mean I’m not “postjudice”. I judge people on their actions. Fact is, the majority of violent crime in this country is committed by blacks. There is no more family values in that community. The black community needs to step up and take responsibility for what’s going on and quit blaming white people. It’s not white people’s fault that MOST black kids are born to single mothers.

  • russ311

    This is not much different than what happened in 2007 when a white woman riding a Baltimore city bus tried to sit down on an open seat after nine black middle-school girls had told her not to. Sarah Kreager, 26, suffered broken facial bones and other injuries after she was punched, kicked and dragged off the bus. Kreager’s companion, Troy Ellis, was also attacked, but not beaten as severely. Another incident occurred earlier when an elderly white man on another Baltimore public bus was attacked and severely beaten by 15 young blacks and saved from probable fatal injury by the intervention of the black bus driver. These and the recent McDonalds case are not at all isolated occurrences, but they are the more sensational ones.

    The prior incidents were determined to NOT be hate crimes because none of the whites could be proven to be intentionally impersonating Rosa Parks. These cases are illustrative of the well known fact that in Baltimore whites are woefully ignorant of history. Fortunately, blacks when they have the time will often attempt to share a teachable moment on the perils of mass transit and public walkways in an environment where the majority population, referred to as an ethnic minority, have been continuously subjected to decades or even centuries of non-stop racism and prejudice and the victimization of continued honky societal culturalization.

    It may seem like a herculean effort to try to correct or reverse such a long standing stain of abuse of privilege, but today’s Baltimore youth generously believe fair is fair and are courageously facing up to the challenge. Many examples of sharing alternative cross-cultural influences can be seen in the statistical rise of cases of rape, home invasion, sexual slavery and even with a much more accessible infusion of rap/hip-hop and street colloquialisms, prison fashion dress and even prison etiquette. It’s all good, yo.

  • Spring

    Of course this is a hate crime. Those girls hated the fact that a transgender was using the female bathroom.

  • baal

    Did they know that the person was a tranny? Was that their motivation? Does anyone know yet?

  • tombt

    Perhaps “that dude” had no business being in the wrong restroom but that’s certainly no reason for beating he/she took. And as far as I’m concerned, the employees were complicit in the crime and should be fired / arrested.

    As to the amoral perps who administered the beating, are they a product of the subculture that Obama wants the “rich” to subsidize? Victims no doubt?

  • bkrestakos

    Of course this is a hate crime. You can’t say that intolerance didn’t cause this, whether you’re intolerant yourself or not.

    However, this is NOT a race crime. Race has nothing to do with it, and suggesting that it does sheds light to social ignorance about not only racism but more importantly LGBT issues. The fact that an 18 year old and a 14 year old are capable of and demonstrate such violent hatred toward a transgender woman is what matters here.

    Ignorance about transgender men and women is far from over, but this story provides a unique opportunity to take a step in the right direction. Intolerance and hatred toward transgender men and women was at the root of this story, and I would like to see community responses consist of denouncing prejudicial attitudes rather than perpetuating them.

    • pastiche

      Exactly, how do you know this? The “hate” could have been because the he/she was white?

      • bkrestakos

        I’ll concede that it isn’t fair to say race isn’t at ALL a factor. But it seems a little ridiculous to suggest that this woman was assaulted because she was white and trying to take a pee, rather than being a transgender woman trying to use the women’s restroom.

        I think the point is that this isn’t singularly about race. Human beings are intersections of several different social groups and perspective, but I think the fact that she is transgendered is entirely relevant, and horribly sad.

    • stoopdavydave

      This is going to get me denounced by Partymanrandy, I just know it.

  • thephranc

    Not a hate crime at all. That dude had no business being the woman restroom. Now that said a beat down like that was not called for at all and the savage animals who beat him need to be locked up as they pose a major risk to society. But given how B-more works they will get off easy and attack some one else because they know they can get away with it. This is a city that says the death penalty is racist.

    • Pizza Trays

      Agree. Notice how Greg referred to him as a “her” too? I take your point – a dude who feels like a woman is still a dude (if only PC Fox News hosts understood what chromosomes were).

      Silly Greg undermined his own argument. Sure “hate crimes” are stupid – but crimes against science aren’t. There was a dude in the female toilets, period.

      Violence (cliché alert) is not the answer – but who knows the full story? The black women in question could be victims themselves. Ben