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Tucker Carlson's Bowtie Becomes Twitter Punchline After Michael Vick Comments

Dec 30, 2010 – 3:46 PM
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David Knowles

David Knowles Writer

Is it a fashion statement or an impediment to clear thinking?

Two days after Fox News host Tucker Carlson said that Michael Vick should have been "executed" for his role in a dogfighting scandal that sent the NFL quarterback to prison for 18 months, a backlash of criticism has focused on Carlson's trademark neckwear.

Leading the charge against Carlson and his bowtie was none other than normally jovial "Today" weatherman Al Roker, who hit Twitter with the following message for his 62,000-plus followers:

Tucker Carlson's bowtie has finally cut off oxygen to his brain. Only explanation for odious Michael Vick comment. Or maybe he's an idiotless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

Roker was by no means the only person on Twitter to have at Carlson for asserting that the limits of Christian forgiveness should not extend to those who have committed cruelty to animals.

Tucker Carlson thinks Michael Vick should be executed. Hey Tucker, does that stupid bow-tie of yours fold out into a KKK costume?less than a minute ago via web

Back when Carlson was employed by CNN, his bowtie was also mocked by Jon Stewart in a now-famous "Crossfire" interview:

STEWART: How old are you?

CARLSON: Thirty-five.

STEWART: And you wear a bow tie.

The section in question starts at the 6:40 mark in the following video clip:

Back on Twitter, however, not everyone was dissing the bowtie in the wake of Carlson's latest comments.

Not thrilled to see that that wingnut douchebag with a bowtie is trending. I love bowties, and he makes them not. cool.less than a minute ago via web

Nor was everyone calling for Carlson to be strung up by his bowtie over his criticism of President Barack Obama for thanking Eagles head coach Andy Reid for giving Vick a second chance in the league.

Tucker Carlson is my hero.less than a minute ago via OpenBeak

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