This Popular News Anchor Just Went Viral for His Shockingly Insensitive Coverage of Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew is undoubtedly scary — even Disney World closed. It’s already caused mass destruction in parts of Florida and the Carolinas (nine have been reported dead on US soil alone), and this monstrous hurricane isn’t over yet.
But chief news anchor Shep Smith of Fox News took things to a whole other on Thursday night with a hyped up rant of epic proportions that is now going viral thanks to some of his *very* choice words.
Pointing to the areas the storm was moving toward next (Daytona Beach to Jacksonville), Shep can be heard in the video below saying, “This moves 20 miles West, and you and everyone you know are dead. All of you. Because you can’t survive it. It’s not possible, unless you’re very, very lucky.”
Okayyyy, we get the need for urgency and all, but this is a bit much, no? Shep wasn’t done, either. Pausing for a beat, he returned with the real kicker, the line meant to drive his point home that overshot its boundaries by so, so much: “And your kids die too.”
WHOA. We cannot, for the life of us, figure out what the hell this guy was thinking to utter such an unforgiving statement on-air. And that’s not all! While some originally believed this must be a hoax, compilations of other forecasts with inappropriate content have also begun to surface, proving that this really was all Shep. While showing footage of a house in Haiti with the roof being blown off, the anchor said, “She decided not to evacuate. (*uncomfortable pause*). Sooooo, that was a good idea.” Ouch.
He also went on a rant about his personal plans for the evening, saying, “If you’re supposed to get out, go on and get out, cause if too many of you perish, they’ll send me down there… and I need to go to this wedding. Okay? Thanks.” Um, insensitive much?
A later rant came about on the subject of rescue teams, of which he said, “If you live in that area, you must evacuate, it’s a rule! But not everybody’s listening… because FREEDOM and stuff. Freedom,” he scoffs. “Tell that to the cop who has to come dig you out. What about that cop’s freedom? You love law enforcement ‘til all the sudden you put ‘em in jeopardy, think about it, come on now!”
Whether he had had enough of people not taking his warnings seriously or seriously believed the hurricane was going to take out his entire city, leaving him unaccountable for his broadcasts, we’ll never know, but so far, Shep seems to be standing behind his statements, posting several of the snippets to his own Twitter page.
Fox has also yet to comment on the incident(s), but we, for one, think this is far from okay.
Our very best wishes to all those impacted by the storm!
Do you think Shep’s comments were irresponsible? Tell us @BritandCo.
(h/t US Weekly, photos via Brendan Hoffman + Frederick M. Brown)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)