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Published On: Wed, Jun 1st, 2016

Laura Ingraham calls out Hollywood, media outrage over gorilla being killed, but not Planned Parenthood

The media obsessed over the Memorial Day weekend with the story of a 17-year-old endangered gorilla shot in the Cincinnati Zoo when a three-year-old child who fell into his enclosure. Some celebrities, including rapper Ice-T and Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco have been outraged that the primate, named Harambe, had been killed. Conservative commentator Laura Ingraham took issue with the outrage, pointing to the silence against Planned Parenthood.

“We have Hollywood celebrities who emit a collective yawn when we find out what really goes on in the abortuaries across this country, Planned Parenthood clinics, other abortion clinics,” conservative pundit and talk show host Laura Ingraham told Fox and Friends. “The way women are routinely lied to. We have about a million babies a year who are not born. We sell off their body parts like it’s nothing.”

“You hear nothing” from celebrities and animal rights activists, who have raised an outcry over Harambe, she said. “I mean, in fact, they celebrate it.”

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco

“Hollywood is, like, having a candlelight vigil over one gorilla tragically having to be shot in this situation,” she said, in order “to save a child’s life. So again, the child’s life is secondary; the gorilla’s life comes first.”

Cuoco turned to Instagram: “Another senseless horrendous animal being killed over people not using their brains,” she wrote. “If you watch the footage, you see this gorgeous animal holding that child’s hand. Do with that, what you will. As sad as this makes me, a part of me is happy for that amazing creature doesn’t have to live in captivity another day.”

The child’s parents, Michelle Gregg and Deonne Dickerson, have received death threats over the incident.

The exchange ran in full:

AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): Hey, Laura, we do want to mention the parents in that gorilla story that we’ve been talking about all morning. The parents, we just learned, will not be charged. But a lot of celebrities are just in outrage over the story because they say that this gorilla’s life matters too. What was your opinion of all of this?

LAURA INGRAHAM: When I first saw this story broke, I knew that this exact reaction is what we’d see. And I would preface this by saying I’m such an animal freak that I actually am planning a trip to Rwanda to go see the great apes. And you can take that trek up the mountain and you can go see them. So I’m like a wild conservationist. I love safaris, photographic safaris, done it a bunch of times in Africa. So I preface all this by saying, hey, any time you see an animal having to be shot in a situation like that, it’s horrific.I will also say that this is now becoming the Cecil the Lion story of 2016.

BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): Yep.

INGRAHAM: We have Hollywood celebrities who emit a collective yawn when we find out what really goes on in the abortuaries across this country, Planned Parenthood clinics, other abortion clinics, the way women are routinely lied to. We have about a million babies a year who are not born. We sell off their body parts like it’s nothing. And you hear nothing. I mean, in fact, they celebrate it. Not only we hear nothing, they celebrate that. But this happens, and it’s a tragic, horrible situation. Of course the Cleveland Zoo would rather have not have done this, but the idea that this rises to this fever pitch level, really is just, it’s typical. It’s the same thing with the dog commercials and the cages. You know, it’s heart-breaking to see an animal that is not adopted, but it’s also heartbreaking that we have millions and millions and millions of children around the world who aren’t adopted. And yet the advocacy for children, either abandoned in this world or children who don’t have the privilege of being born, they don’t even discuss it. So that’s the kind of way I look at it. I think it’s horrible and sad. I’m glad the child is OK. But really, we have veterans on the streets who are eating out of garbage cans, and yet Hollywood is like having a candlelight vigil over one gorilla tragically having to be shot in this situation.

EARHARDT: To save a child’s life.

KILMEADE: Right.

INGRAHAM: Yes, to save a child’s life. So again, the child’s life is secondary, the gorilla’s life comes first. But, again, you can predict that this exact thing was going to happen, so it doesn’t surprise me at all.

 

 

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