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'Fox & Friends' Says 'Downtown Abbey' Threatens the Left Because it Celebrates Rich People: VIDEO


The popularity of Downton Abbey in America is a threat to progressives because it celebrates rich people, according to FOX & Friends:

“Rich people, powerful people, in America today, are reviled,” Varney said. “They’re dismissed as fat cats who don’t pay their fair share.” The general consensus is that “rich people are evil.”

Then comes along Downton Abbey… making rich people seem nice. The characters in the show are kind and generous. “They create jobs, for heaven’s sake. They’re classy, they’ve got style.”

“It poses a threat to the left, doesn’t it?” he asked. Because the left says we must hate rich people.


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  1. Seriously, Fox? A fictional show set in the 1920's is a threat to the Left?

    The Talking Points parrots have been grasping straws so hard, they've become a fine powder.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Jan 21, 2013 2:51:03 PM

  2. Heh, have they even watched the show? Given how many financial problems those "rich people" in the show have had, I don't think progressives have anything to worry about.

    Posted by: Eric | Jan 21, 2013 2:53:21 PM

  3. Fair taxation equals hatred? In what universe?

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Jan 21, 2013 2:55:37 PM

  4. actually, it threatens the Right because it shows the galling disparities of the still-in-effect class system.

    Grantham would be like Mitt Romney, but lord Grantham knows *his* servants name and treats them with occasional respect

    no wonder the GOP wanted PBS funding cut. they dont' want people to see this exception program and realize that the Caste System is alive and well in America.

    in other news, Fox & Friends continues to show all that is wrong with this bigoted network.

    I don't think any of the Talking Heads on the program have even seen the show - their slant on the program indicates they haven't, at least. they've missed the entire point.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 21, 2013 2:55:51 PM

  5. Nonsense ! FOX is so impenetrably stupid.

    I thought it put forward the cause of the Irish struggle in 1920-1922 and the changes towards more democratic accountability after WW1.......not to mention the absurdity of the Settled Land Acts and inheritance by tail-male !!!!!!.....not to mention the class based society in its death throes.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jan 21, 2013 2:56:35 PM

  6. Downton Abbey threatens the right, because it presupposes a literate, educated viewing audience.

    Posted by: Mawm | Jan 21, 2013 3:03:01 PM

  7. more and more i believe that if fox news headquarters got the Ted Kaczynski treatment then the world would be a better place.

    it'd be just like Hiroshima or Nagasaki, except there wouldn't be a single loss of Innocent life.

    not that i'm saying i hope it happens, because i don't. but it would take a big cancer out of the USA.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 21, 2013 3:03:25 PM

  8. Oddly enough, I was having this same discussion on Saturday with a couple of Republican anglophiles...they also pointed out that not all families were as benignly benevolent as the Crawleys. There wasn't any national welfare system; gays could still be maimed, killed, or jailed; the ability to rise above one's station was extremely limited, and the dependence on the good-heartedness of people in a mean-spirited world (see Charles Dickens) was almost pointless. That last item certainly could describe the Fox anti-news team.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Jan 21, 2013 3:17:23 PM

  9. A commenter on YouTube under one of their videos put it best: FOX and FRIENDS is like choosing to spend time with the stupidest, most unpleasant people at your office.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Jan 21, 2013 3:23:17 PM

  10. it also brilliantly illustrates the dependency the "uppers" have on their servant-class.

    something they don't like to be reminded of.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 21, 2013 3:23:33 PM

  11. So out of it that they still mispronounce it (and have no idea how to spell it)! Wonder if they even realize they're talking about PBS. Wonder how these people feel about electric toasters!

    Posted by: SFBob | Jan 21, 2013 3:23:50 PM

  12. Four rich airheads sitting in front of camera telling rich is fun and nice and miss the point of the entire series of Downton Abbey.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jan 21, 2013 3:34:27 PM

  13. Faux Snooze -once again doing its part to make Umerica dumber and dumber and dumber and dumber.

    Posted by: nick | Jan 21, 2013 3:39:05 PM

  14. The current Lord Grantham's father lost all his money by not modernizing the farm; Lord Grantham lost all of his American wife Cora's money by not modernizing the farm; now Lord Grantham has his sensible middle-class son-on-law that he want said son-in-law to help manage the estate (with son-in-law's money)but Lord Grantham says no, nothing must change, and he's proceeding to lose all of his son-in-laws money.

    How does this make rich people look good?

    Posted by: Elsewhere | Jan 21, 2013 3:39:35 PM

  15. By their behavior and compassion, while still living within a restrictive class system, the Crawleys are nothing like the Romneys or the Trumps. They are like the Roosevelt clan, both branches of which worked for greater enfranchisement of the needy and strove to build a more inclusive society.

    Posted by: Hank | Jan 21, 2013 3:42:59 PM

  16. it's a freaking soap opera

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Jan 21, 2013 3:46:17 PM

  17. Well, i don't want to spoil anything, but the rich characters on Downton Abbey are not homophobic, maybe if the rich americans want to be as popular, they better take note

    Posted by: jjose712 | Jan 21, 2013 3:51:10 PM

  18. Ignore that the "commoner" has to bail out the rich people! How do you explain to Faux Noos viewers that foreigners - ugly money-grubbing Americans - had to be imported to maintain the regime? The Fox fools also didn't watch this week's episode and preview where the gay valet is stalking the new footman!

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Jan 21, 2013 3:56:14 PM

  19. steve douchey is the dumbest of the dumb.he sets the standards for a moron.

    Posted by: walter | Jan 21, 2013 3:59:36 PM

  20. It's fun to watch FOX&Friends sink to new lows of irrelevance. If such nonsense wasn't posted here, who'd know how ridiculous FOX et al is? It's a dirty job, I guess, and somebody's gotta do it. So, uh, thanks Towleroad. Maybe.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 21, 2013 4:08:25 PM

  21. Yikes! Correct your headline, Andy! It's "Downton not "Downtown"!

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Jan 21, 2013 4:18:24 PM

  22. Gretchen Carlson says, "I say it just like Brian says it, Downtown Abbey. What is it supposed to be, resident authority on British pronunciation?".

    Er, like it's spelled? Downton.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Jan 21, 2013 4:21:15 PM

  23. Stupid people. It isn't the rich we hate. It is the greedy who enrich themselves at the expense of others.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Jan 21, 2013 4:33:55 PM


    Posted by: calcifer | Jan 21, 2013 4:35:07 PM

  25. Ha, love the headline, for a minute I was thinking there was a new parody show out lol.

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Jan 21, 2013 4:52:22 PM

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