Chris Hayes Dishes Out A+ Smackdown on 'Neanderthalish' Mike Francesa


MSNBC host Chris Hayes is currently on paternity leave with his wife and infant son. But that hasn’t stopped him from weighing in on broadcasters/dipshits Mike Francesa and Boomer Esiason’s comments on how paternity leave is mostly unnecessary. And thank goodness.

Yesterday, Hayes called into his show (which is currently being deftly guest hosted by Joy Reid) to comment on Francesa’s whine about how a Mets player had to miss Opening Day of baseball season to be with his wife while she gives birth. And he didn’t mince words.

The whole rant is pretty spot-on, but here’s the best bit:

[…] there is this kind of macho culture in which fatherhood is this kind of remote sort of undertaking. Where the domestic sphere belongs to the woman, maternity is the kind of key relationship with the child and the mother, the father is a distant person. And you heard in Boomer’s comments: ‘this is how we’re making our money.’ The father’s out providing, the mother’s at the home caretaking, and I’m sorry, but it’s crap. It’s crap. It’s Neanderthalish, ridiculous confines of this patriarchal view of what the relationship is between the genders and it’s incredibly imprisoning for men. This is the thing that just drives me crazy about this. It’s like: take some time with your frickin’ kid. And take some time with the partner in your life who brought the kid into the world. And that actually is part of being a man. That is part of being a full human being and a caring person.

Golf clap, Hayes.

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