Mike Rowe hit back after he was told to “stay in your lane” after he showed support for conservative podcast host Megyn Kelly, who warned Apple against de-platforming her for her views on women’s spaces and transgender rights.
The “Dirty Jobs” host took to Facebook and referenced a video he previously posted of “The Megyn Kelly Show,” where Rowe says, “she vowed to march against the policies of Apple if they removed her from their platform.”
Rowe said he’d “stand with her” and added that most of his followers “agreed that the underlying issues – free speech and women’s rights – were worth defending.” But he called out one response that told him to “stay in your lane,” ripped Kelly, and accused him of “pandering” to a faction of “brainwashed, phobic, fear driven, fear mongering” people.
“If you’re going to share your feelings with 6 million people, why not take a moment to include some actual thoughts?” Rowe wrote in response to the critique. “Specifically, some thoughts on the right to speak freely, and the right for women to compete fairly? Those are the issues in question, not your feelings about Megyn or me. Unless of course, your feelings are the only thing you have to share?”
“All I said was that I’d stand with her on the underlying issues; just as I would stand with you, if you were muzzled by a big tech company for publicly supporting the rights of women,” he added. “As for your personal comments about Megyn Kelly, I don’t share your view that she is a ‘farce’ of woman, but even if I did, I’d support her right to speak freely, and her daughter’s right to use a locker room free of biological men.”
“You seem to believe that because I’m not a woman, I have no right to hold an opinion on anything related to women,” Rowe continued. “If so, am I also precluded from expressing an opinion on slavery, simply because I’ve never been a slave, or owned a slave? You advise me to ‘stay in my lane’ in much the same way people used to tell women and minorities to ‘know their place.’ That strikes me as a convenient way for people to silence those with whom they disagree, without offering an actual argument.”