MOSCOW, September 26 (RIA Novosti), Ekaterina Blinova - Fox News’ Eric Bolling and his colleague Greg Gutfield have been reproached by Twitter users for making sexist jokes about the United Arab Emirates' first female air force pilot Mariam Al Mansouri.
"Fox News has come under fire yet again after one of its presenters asked if the UAE’s first female fighter pilot’s role during ISIS air strikes could be considered ‘boobs on the ground’ in Syria," the Independent reports.
During the Fox News talk show "The Five", the show’s co-hosts Eric Bolling and Greg Gutfeld discussed Major Mariam Al Mansouri, the UAE's first female warplane pilot, who took part in air strikes against ISIS targets in Syria. The discussion quickly spiraled as the two cracked chauvinist jokes.
Eric Bolling's cycle of making inappropriate comments on Fox followed by an apology has continued too long. It's unacceptable, fire him.— capecodcritter (@capecodcritter) September 26, 2014
"Problem is, after she bombed it, she couldn’t park it," said Greg Gutfield, while Eric Bolling added: "Would that be considered boobs on the ground or no?"
The jokes have sparked public outrage in the social networks. Eric Bolling has attempted to apologize but users remain unswayed.
But that's how his infantile, Murdoch brain really works. Fox News Host Apologizes For Sexist Comments http://t.co/KLBinIz3PI— Vince Teeter (@vinctee) September 26, 2014
Major Mansouri is one of the first women to have graduated from the UAE's Khalifa bin Zayed Air College in 2007 after it had begun to admit females. Al Mansouri, a 35-year old, flies a F-16 Block 60 aircraft. She headed the UAE's airstrike mission on Monday, September 22, according to the New York Times.
"She is a fully qualified, highly trained, combat-ready pilot, and she led the mission," said the UAE's Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, as cited by the media outlet.
It should be noted that the UAE's first female fighter pilot has already won lots of fans on Twitter.
I want to marry Major Mariam Al Mansouri. What a girl. pic.twitter.com/dPWJWZUD1M— Bruce Everiss (@Bruciebabe) September 24, 2014
Mariam Al Mansouri led the UAE air strikes on Syria have sent the internet into a spin,girl power. ������������ pic.twitter.com/rAi8OYp1SH— فاطمة الزهراء الضاوي (@Fatima_bn) September 25, 2014
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