Megyn Kelly took Dr. Keith Ablow to task on her Wednesday show for his recent comments about Chaz Bono's appearance on "Dancing With The Stars."
The Fox News contributor caused a firestorm when he wrote an online column for the network entitled "Don't Let Your Kids Watch Chaz Bono On 'Dancing With The Stars.'" Ablow wrote that seeing a transgender man on the ABC smash might make children reconsider their gender:
It is a toxic and unnecessary byproduct of the tragic celebration of transgender surgery that millions of young people who do watch "Dancing with the Stars" will have to ponder this question: Maybe my problems really stem from the fact that I'm a girl inside a boy's body (or a boy inside a girl's body). Maybe I'm not a tomboy; I'm just a boy!
Ablow then went on Howard Stern's show, where he compared Bono's gender switch to that of someone pretending to be a "farm animal."
On "America Live," Kelly said that the argument seemed very, very dubious to her. "Do you really believe that children are going to turn transgender from watching Chaz Bono?" she asked Ablow.
Ablow said that "we kindle behavior in one another," and that it was dangerous for transgender people to be "mainstreamed and celebrated...and lifted to heroic proportions," because it could lead children down a "very torturous road."
Kelly noted that the American Psychiatric Association had given a damning verdict to his views, saying there is "no evidence" to back them up. "Aren't you being irresponsible?" she asked.
"No, what I'm doing is I'm protecting their children," he said. "There's also no evidence that watching will not cause some problems for your kids in terms of their sexual identities."
"It is a recognized disorder!" Kelly said, citing another psychiatrist who vehemently criticized Ablow. Ablow criticized the APA in response.
"I think [viewers] get that our children are no more likely to turn transgendered from watching Chaz Bono than they are to turn gay from watching 'Will and Grace.' You either are or you're not." As Ablow protested, Kelly cut him off. "There's so much hate for gays and lesbians and transgendered people," she said. "...You seem to be adding to the hate."