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‘Douche du Jour’: Fox News Host Bob Beckel Says SF Nudists Were “Probably Gangbanged” as Kids

Weighing in on San Francisco’s public nudity ban, Fox News host Bob Beckel opined that nudists were probably sexually assaulted or participated in group sex as children.

Mediaite reports that Beckel, the token liberal co-host of Fox’s afternoon roundtable talking head session “The Five,” was discussing the San Francisco debate over whether to ban public nudity with co-hosts Dana Perino and Andrea Tantaros. The city’s Board of Supervisors voted 6-5 Tuesday to outlaw public nudity everywhere but at specially permitted events and festivals.

Supporters of the ban asserted that too many people were going around naked just to make a point and that some businesses are suffering in the Castro District, the predominately gay neighborhood where nudists are most often seen.

Nudists and their supporters argued that the ban, which must pass a second Board vote and get mayoral approval, violated the free speech rights of those who wish to express themselves by being naked and damaged the reputation of a city known for its tolerance.

Speaking of the nudists, Perino wondered “what happened to these people as children that they don’t want to wear any clothes?”

Tantaros guessed that they are “desperate for attention,” but Beckel had a different theory.

“Most of them were gang-banged probably,” he said, eliciting shocked responses from the other panelists. “I don’t know, they could have had sexual assault on them,” he continued.

Beckel’s colleagues sat silently as someone, probably a producer, said something to Beckel from the control room.

“I didn’t use crude language,” Beckel then said before apologizing with the caveat that “there was nothing wrong” with what he’d just said.

The Twitterverse reaction was immediate. A few found Beckel’s remarks funny.

“@DanaPerino The look on your face after what #BobBeckel said on #TheFive today was priceless,” tweeted J pbocke.

But most were appalled and angered by the comments.

“How Bob Beckel is not fired for suggesting nudists were ‘gangbanged as children’ is beyond me,” tweeted Jersey Joe.

“Bob Beckel is like the Joe Biden of ‘The Five,'” quipped Debra Favuzza.

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