Tucker Carlson, the former far-right Fox press host known for his incendiary shots, could have become the darling of liberal generation Z. During a recent appearance on comedian Theo Von’s “This Past Weekend” podcast, Carlson, 54, took an unexpected angle: supporting young workers exasperated by thankless work.
“I hate this culture so much that treats people like they’re not people,” Carlson said. “And why?”
von posted a clip Carlson’s comments on TikTok, and they quickly went viral, garnering more than 453,000 views and nearly 1,500 comments agreeing with the bombastic news anchor’s views. This seems out of left field given that Carlson was once Fox News’ highest-rated and most-watched star – he was abruptly fired amid contract negotiations to continue his work until 2029 (he was fired shortly after the far-right network agreed to pay nearly $788 million to Dominion Voting Systems, which filed a defamation suit against Fox in 2021 for spreading falsehoods about the 2020 election.). But Carlson, who now hosts a show called “Tucker on X” on X, formerly Twitterspoke directly about the issues Gen Z is having with today’s work culture.
“If your life is focused on efficiency and every moment is monitored and counts for something, then you are not truly human,” Carlson said. “At this point, you’re a machine, aren’t you?”
Carlson then referenced a video posted by a recent college graduate that was posted viral on TikTok. The poster, struggling with time management and work-life balance, told viewers she didn’t understand how a typical 9 to 5 was sustainable.
“If I could walk to work, everything would be fine” the poster said. “Nothing to do with my job… Being in the office from 9 to 5, like if it was remote, you’d get off at 5, and you’re home and everything’s fine. » But since his job is done in person, “I get on the train at 7:30 a.m. and don’t get home until 6:15 p.m. at the earliest.” How do you have friends? How do you find time to hang out? Like I don’t have time for anything and I’m so stressed.
Naturally, some corners of the internet were quick to ridicule the poster, saying it needed a wake-up call. As Carlson said, “Everyone says, ‘shut up and work, honey.’ » But he, notoriously short-tempered, took a more sympathetic approach. “I look at this and I’m like ‘no, no, I hope you win.’ The seeds of revolution are germinating in my heart.
Becoming a good boss and leader was difficult, Carlson continued. “Learning how to do this has been a journey for me. With businesses, we ask ourselves how to get out of this? Sometimes I think America was just a Christian experiment that was compromised and went wrong. »
Encouraged by Von, Carlson added that although he hated to say it because he didn’t want to admit it, “what is obviously true is that there can be no democracy unless there is is a voluntary system… there must be some sense of commonality. GOOD. You can’t just say: how much can I get back? Otherwise, humanity “will simply descend into greed and selfishness – and that is where we are now.”
“I never thought I would agree with Tucker on anything, but here we are”
Generation Z, which makes up the largest share of TikTok users, is known for its outspoken desire to get down to business And feel valued as an individual. Many viewers of Theo Von’s clip were quick to express their appreciation for Carlson’s words, which they may have read as support for their cause.
“Was Tucker Carlson playing a character during his entire time on Fox?” wrote one commenter. “Did I just find myself agreeing with Tucker Carlson?????” » another added.
“I might actually like Tucker Carlson a little after all,” said another.
Some expressed their belief that the Carlson they knew may have been just a caricature made for television. “I used to hate Tucker Carlson, but now I think maybe it’s just a character he was forced to play on Fox News.”
Others were simply content to enjoy the new iteration of the brandon. “How the hell am I enjoying anything from Tucker Carlson right now?” Someone tell me.
These comments are perhaps not surprising, even if the commentators themselves are surprised by Carlson’s new stance. But Gen Z is infamous – and often ridiculed – for its determination anti-work position. They expressed, in different terms, Carlson’s precise feeling. They are tired of being treated like cogs in the machine and are going against tradition by seeking “jobs for lazy girls” “act on their salary” And “stop quietly” to show their bosses how they feel about being underestimated.
And perhaps one user summed it up best: “I never thought I’d agree with Tucker on anything, but here we are.”