Fox News' blatant hypocrisy: Making fun of Muslims is cool, but a police brutality art exhibit crosses the line

He said of the Muslim exhibit: "The First Amendment means zilch if it only protects, 'Hello' and 'Have a nice day'"

Published May 15, 2015 1:15PM (EDT)

  (Fox News)
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On Thursday's edition of Fox News' "The Five," the gang discussed an art exhibit at New Jersey's Westfield High School entitled "Law Enforcement - Police Brutality," which featured a number of now controversial images, including one of a man stabbed in the back by a police badge.

Apparently, cops are outraged that high schoolers are learning how to visually and symbolically depict current events.

"I get the idea of free speech," Eric Bolling said on the show, mentioning that his cop friend had sent him the exhibit photos, "but, hey, teachers at Westfield, would you do it, would you put up an art exhibit showing teachers abusing students? I don't think you do it, nor should you have done it. I'd like to see that thing taken down."

The thing is, these students were actually trying an artistic endeavor in earnest. They weren't, I don't know, drawing offensive caricatures of cops just for fun. But we know for certain that Eric Bolling doesn't feel that way about all potentially offensive art exhibits. Just about those art exhibits that offend the wrong people.

Earlier this month, Bolling defended Pamela Geller's Muhammad cartoon contest held in Texas, an event many Muslims viewed as taunting and cruel. On an episode of "The Five," Bolling said, "The First Amendment means zilch if it only protects, 'Hello' and 'Have a nice day.' Protecting safe speech is like protecting an empty safe."

He continued, "And also, when you begin your take on free speech with 'free speech aside,' you kinda lose the point."

Does everyone notice that that's exactly what he did? Kinda? He said of the police exhibit, "I get the idea of free speech, but..." Get it now? He's a major hypocrite who literally did what he said was bullshit? Are we all on the same page?

Watch the former clip below, courtesy of Mediaite:

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