JIM CREES: A sad, sad joke

have never shied away from taking a stand against domestic violence and violence against women and children in this column.

For 20 years I have written about the issue of domestic violence. For 20 years I have addressed the evil of violence against women and children because it is prevalent not only around the nation, but in our area as well.

Astonishing enough, almost every time I have written on the subject I am called to task by some reader who complains I’m highlighting a minor issue in our society, and who notes I would be better off accentuating the positive.

I don’t consider family violence a minor issue.

Domestic violence is no joke.

Except on FOX.

Following the exposure of film showing former NFL star Ray Rice punching his girlfriend so hard he knocked her out — in a public elevator! — the incident garnered LOTS of attention in the media.

Rice knocked this women — his fiancee — out cold.

Punched her so hard she dropped like a sack of potatoes, (which is how he seemed to be handling her as her tried to get her out of the elevator).

Out cold.

A professional athlete in fighting fit condition, hits a woman in the head so hard she is out like a light.

Hammered. Poleaxed. Cold-cocked. KO’ed. Knocked senseless ... literally.

And the good folks at FOX and Friends think it’s a joke.

But before the joke, they simply had to make the victim out to be somehow at fault, or at least complicit.

“We should also point out, after that video — and now you know what happened in there — she still married him,” said program host Steve Doocy. “They are currently married.”

Then, after a bit more stupid pitter-patter, co-host Brian Kilmeade suggests that if you don’t want to get punched by your husband or fiancee in an elevator, there is a solution.

“I think the message is take the stairs,” Kilmeade suggested.

FOX News general assignment news reporter Anna Kooiman just sat there and snickered.

Hey! I mean, really. If you don’t want your husband to punch the living crap out of you, take the stairs.

Rice’s fiancee should have know that.

I mean ... seriously.

But FOX couldn’t leave bad enough alone. After the “take the stair” comment, Doocy had to up the stupidity ante, suggesting his own message to potential wife beaters:

“The message is, when you’re in an elevator, there’s a camera,” said Doocy.

How stunningly diminishing not only of the victims of domestic violence, but of a very serious issue as well.

“I think the message is, take the stairs,” said Kilmeade, a regular stand-up comedian when it comes to other people’s suffering.

Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, what a pair of jokesters.

Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports “more than 31 percent of women in the United States have been physically abused by an intimate partner at some point in their lives.”

Further “Intimate partner violence covers “physical, sexual or psychological harm” by a current or former partner,” continued the study. “In addition to experiencing physical abuse by a partner, an estimated 22.3 percent of women (and 14 percent of men) have experienced severe physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner.”

And the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey reported that after 12,000 phone interviews in 2011, researchers found that “ ... 19.3 percent of women (almost one in five) had been raped.”

But the FOX team somehow feel it acceptable to diminish not only Ray Rice’s assault on his fiancee (which was caught on video), but also in a direct relation to diminish the hundreds of thousands of women who are beat up every day without having a camera to bear witness to their abuse.

The FOX crew, in their sniggering snideness, managed to simply promulgate the all too common trend in this nation — to make a joke out of the violence and to blame the victim for their assailant’s abuse.

Make a joke out of it?

Hey, guys! Who doesn’t own a T-shirt ever so affectionately referred to as a “wife beater”?

Ha! What a hoot!

Meanwhile wives are getting beaten on a daily basis by dudes in white shirts and ties, and “heroes” in athletic jerseys.

I wish jerks like those serving FOX would call violence what it is ... violence. Whether Rice knocked his fiancee out in the elevator or on the stairs; on camera or in the privacy of his hotel room; as a celebrity or as some unknown person in Mecosta County, it doesn’t matter.

He is rehydrated coprolite.

Not a joke.

His fiancee is a victim, no matter what her status today.

Not a joke.

The only joke in this article is FOX and Friends. Sad joke.