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Fox News host Tucker Carlson was amused enough by a peculiar new recommendation published this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that he decided to devote a whole segment to it on Friday.
A day earlier, the CDC issued new farm animal-related guidance advising Americans to avoid getting too intimate with their backyard chickens. No joke.
“Don’t kiss or snuggle backyard poultry, and don’t eat or drink around them,” the guidance reads.
You might be asking yourself “who in the world snuggles with their backyard chickens” or “is the CDC crazy,” but you’d be mistaken.
The following day on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Carlson interviewed a “chicken toucher” who does snuggle with her chickens.
(Video: Fox News)
The segment began with Carlson playing a video of the “chicken toucher,” Tiara Soleim, introducing herself.
“My name is Tiara, I’m 27 and I’m a chicken enthusiast. I love you so much. My chickens are like my babies. Since I don’t have human babies, these are my human babies,” she said.
“I have one special chicken; her name is Sheila. She stays in my room with me, she does everything with me. This is Sheila. This is my one true love,” she added toward the end of the clip as she held Sheila up in her hands.
The reason Carlson knew about her is that she was a contestant on the 2016 season of “The Bachelor.”
After the clip played, Soleim showed up live on the screen, up close and personal with a chicken held closely to her in possible violation of CDC guidelines, not that she cared. As she explained to Carlson, she doesn’t care for the guidelines too much.
“You know, I’m not a huge fan of it because I’ve been handling chickens since I was about four years old, and I’ve been kissing them, snuggling them, shoving my face in them, and I’m fine. People around me are fine. And I don’t see a problem with it,” she said.
In some zany left-wing circles, that sort of presumably non-consensual intimacy with a chicken could be construed as sexual harassment. Just sayin’.
Carlson responded by agreeing that, going by the standards of normal people, she was doing nothing wrong.
“You’re living the way people used to live. I mean, human beings have a long history with poultry. It’s a domesticated animal, right?” he said.
“Why do you think there’s the concern now. Why are they coming after you now?” he then asked.
Soleim responded that she thinks it’s about power and control.
“I think that maybe they’re just looking for something else to control, and I’m not a huge fan, and I don’t support it, so I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing. I’m going to keep loving on my birds and showing them my affection,” she said.
This led Carlson to ask her what exactly she does with her birds, *cough*.
Pointing to the bird on her lap, she introduced it as a rooster named Bad Boy Halo and said that “he basically just makes me babies.”
But that didn’t answer the host’s question. What he wanted to know, he explained, is “what kind of pet does [a chicken] make.”
“People think of chickens as eggs and dinner. You’re describing a whole new way of looking at chickens. Are they good pets?” he asked.
“I fully support everybody owning a chicken in their lifetime. They are way smarter than people give them credit for. They have facial recognition. They know exactly who I am when I pull up to my house,” Soleim replied.
“They’re just all-around great pets. They have amazing personalities and people are over here saying that they’re dumb and stupid and they’re not. Not even for a second,” she insisted.
Carlson didn’t appear convinced. He asked whether the rumors are true that if you put a chicken in a corner, they’ll get stuck there.
“Whoever made that up has something against birds. [That] is not true at all. They know exactly what to do. Sometimes they get stuck in corners, but for the most part, they can figure it out,” Soleim replied.
The Fox News host was starting to get impressed.
“You’re totally winning me over,” he said.
Soleim then went into a little more detail about the operation she runs.
“I have 30 [chickens]. … So I live out kind of more towards the outskirts of the city, and I have about 22 acres there, with all of them living there with me,” she said.
Carlson then asked straight-up whether she sleeps with her chickens: “I’ll just ask, do they sleep on the bed?”
“So when I have like chicks, when I’ve hatched chicks, I have been known to bring them inside. I’ll like roll them up in a towel and they’ll sleep next to me, and it will be like a chicken burrito,” Soleim replied.
“And sometimes they’ll come inside like if I need to give them a bath or clean them or stuff. But they’re pretty comfortable inside,” she added.
The discussion concluded with Carlson declaring, “I’m such a believer!”