Online critiques complained how the interview made no mention of North Carolina’s controversial and unconstitutional House Bill 2 also known as the “Bathroom Bill,” which prohibits transgender individuals to use the public bathroom that corresponds with the sex they identify with. But according to Cox, they did talk about the bill. That part just wasn’t aired.
Now, why would something as important and significant as the House Bill 2 not make it on air? Some believe it was probably cut due to Kelly’s predominately conservative audience.
“Megyn Kelly’s interview with Laverne Cox will likely be touted as evidence of Kelly’s ability to buck her network’s conservative slant, especially when it comes to transgender issues,” Media Matter’s LGBT Program Director, Erin Fitzgerald wrote:
“But beyond her Cox interview, Kelly has consistently misgendered trans people, spouted anti-trans rhetoric and used her show to repeatedly elevate hate group leader Tony Perkins, one of the most extreme anti-LGBT voices in the country, lending him mainstream credibility even as he peddles harmful smears against LGBT people.”
Kelly appears to be taking a more sympathetic stance these days when it comes to transgender issues. She questioned North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory in March on his controversial House Bill 2. When McCrory failed to give a substantial reasons for passing the law, Kelly hit him back with this:
“If you could get back to my question . . . the public restrooms . . . the question that many have is what is your fear because you know, there is a misconception that transgenders are somehow molesters and they’re not. That’s not true. Typically, male molesters are heterosexual and if they want to sneak into a bathroom they’ll do it. But in 90 percent of the cases molestation happens with someone you know. So what is the fear about the transgender situation in the bathrooms?”
Kelly might be taking a much more progressive political approach these days, that doesn’t mean her conservative Fox News audience agrees, which might be why she didn’t have the part about House Bill 2 air. Whether it was her decision or the network's, it’s unfortunate that such an important — if not the most important — part of the interview wasn’t aired.