Pepper Spray A Food Product, Essentially – Megyn Kelly says that pepper spray is actually a food product. The Fox News personality and anchor of America Live appeared last on Bill O’Reilly’s program, The O’Reilly Factor.
The pair discussed the incident at UC Davis, and Kelly’s quaint characterization has the Internet alternately outraged and rollicking as the new “meme” spawns joke after joke at Kelly’s expense.
The conversation went as follows:
O’REILLY: “Pepper spray — that just burns your eyes, right?”
KELLY: “Right. I mean, it’s like a derivative of actual pepper; it’s a food product, essentially.”
Kelly then goes on to posit that “experts” are questioning whether the pepper spray is “the real deal,” and if it had been diluted from standard levels. O’Reilly then cuts in to say, “there should have been more of a reaction than that.”
To Kelly’s credit, she dismisses the potency of the pepper spray as “besides the point,” and characterizes the police use of point-blank pepper spray as “abrasive and intrusive.”
Even so, the clever denizens of the Internet have transformed Kelly’s assertion that pepper spray is a food product into a new string of jokes at Kelly’s expense. Examples include visual jokes such as this one, as well as a plethora of jokes in the comment threadson sites such as Gawker and Reddit (our favorite comes from Gawker commenter “obfuscator2” — “waterboarding: “It’s a Neti Pot, essentially!”
Whether or not the Megyn Kelly “____, it’s a ___, essentially,” meme will last the test of time a la “Lolcats” and “rage comics” remains to be seen. But even if it only lasts a few days, it’s a great lesson for Kelly and any other TV pundits to be careful how you frame an argument or make a comment. The Internet is always watching.