Fox Host Vs. Scarlett Johansson: ‘You Pay For Friends’ Contraceptives. Don’t Ask Me’
On a segment of The Five, Fox News host Greg Gutfeld sounded off on Scarlett Johansson who spoke at the Democratic National Convention this week. Using the talking point that Americans are responsible for paying for women’s contraceptives, he said that Johansson should use her millions to buy birth control for her friends instead of relying on taxpayers to do it.
Gutfeld was using a familiar talking point, a distortion of the Affordable Care Act which requires most employers to include preventive health services for women in their insurance plans. Yes, this includes contraceptives. No, religious-affiliated institutions don’t have to play along. Still Gutfeld scoffed at Johansson’s DNC speech, saying, “You’re worth millions, why don’t you help them [pay for contraceptives] instead of asking me?” adding, “I don’t want Hollywood to reproduce, but I’m not going to pay for that option.”
In Johansson’s speech, she referenced friends from high school, specifically how they depend on Planned Parenthood and Medicaid for “important health services,” saying, “Over the last two days, we’ve been reminded of something that perhaps we forgot: what has been accomplished and what is at stake — whether we can get health care, afford college, be guaranteed equal pay. All of these things are at great, great risk.”
To clear things up, the ACA regulation only guarantees that health insurance policies that women are already paying for cover women’s preventive health care services, notes MediaMatters.
Gutfeld ended his attack on Johansson by saying “If you’d like to discuss this further, I’m free for dinner, and I’ll pay. I know how helpless women can be,” with co-host Dana Perino responding, “I’m so glad you’ll be picking up the check.”
Do you think that Greg Gutfeld has a point or was his attack on Scarlett Johansson baseless?