What do Ewoks and transgendered people have in common? They were both the subject of an misguided comparison made by Bill O'Reilly on his show. O'Reilly whipped out this bizarre analogy while discussing a lawsuit against American Eagle with guests Kimberly Guilfoyle and Lis Wiehl. The suit alleged that the popular clothing retailer discriminated against transgendered workers with its employee dress code policy. "If you're a man, you can't dress like a woman, and vice versa," paraphrased O'Reilly. "You can't scare the customers. If your name is Fred, you can't look like Dolly Parton." While Guilfoyle and Wiehl sided with the transgendered community, O'Reilly had more to say on the matter.
O'REILLY: "If you owned a clothing corporation, you can say, 'You can dress like an Ewok, if you want"
WIEHL: "Ewoks have nothing to do with gender identity, which is what the law says.
O'REILLY: "Gender identity...Ewoks have genders too"
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