Laura Ingraham hit with outrage over ‘attacks’ on Penn Badgley

( dpa ) – Laura Ingraham’s controversial broadcast about fellow actress Penn Badgley’s appearance on the cover of Nylon magazine is eliciting a range of reactions, from humor to outrage.

The Fox News commentator went on air Sunday night, commenting on the magazine’s lengthy interview with the “Gossip Girl” star, concluding “I actually believe Penn Badgley is an incredibly fine young man, and he should be celebrated, not humiliated.”

Applauding those critiques of the journalist, Badgley on Tuesday joked about Ingraham’s comments.

“Is there anything we can do to stop her?” he quipped at a party in LA.

Several viewers on Twitter and in social media denounced the discussion on social media sites.

Michael Rulli, the Entertainment Writer for the alt-weeklies website Gothamist.com, said that, “here’s an example of the dumb shit this world brings.”

“Yet again, the world reaps the ‘good, honest, hardworking’ benefits of a douchebag such as Laura Ingraham. Talk about a crass use of satire for political gain,” he wrote.

“Crickets. . . Commenters engaging with the post respond in loud, negative ways and with off the wall opinions. No, this is definitely satire,” writes Yumi Tell, editorial director for Tumblr.

“At the heart of this segment is not a political debate but a celebration of conservative, and that is satire. It’s what satire does. Deflated straight male privilege,” she wrote.

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