Fox News host Stuart Varney insisted on Monday that the increasing popularity of the British television show Downton Abbey posed trouble for liberals because of its portrayal of rich people, Mediaite reported.
“They’re nice people,” Varney told the hosts of Fox & Friends. “They create jobs, for heaven’s sake. They’re classy, they’ve got style. And we love them. That show is wildly popular. It poses a threat to the left, doesn’t it?”
Nowadays, he said, rich people are usually depicted as “fat cats who don’t pay their fair share,” fueling a common perception that the wealthy are evil. When host Gretchen Carlson interjected that some people might also like the show because it offers an alternative to “stupidity on reality tv,” however, Varney dismissed her.
“You can say all of that, but you miss the point,” he said. “You can dismiss it as high-class soap opera — and I agree, it is a soap opera, no question about it — but that misses the point. The politics ofDownton are very important, and it’s important that they are popular in America today.”