Stacie, a self-described “blue dot” in a red state, decided the best way to counter her father’s unwavering support for President Donald Trump was to set up parental controls on his television that prohibit him from watching Fox News.
We’re sort of annoyed that we didn’t think of it first.
I'm at my dad's house for Christmas Eve. He's a tRump supporter.
I just set up parental controls to stop him from being able to watch Fox News.
Merry Christmas 🎄❤️🎄 pic.twitter.com/0ZUGVieEYD
— 🇸🇹🇦🇨🇮🇪 (@h8Wankmaggot45) December 25, 2018
Stacie even branded this covert operation with a hashtag of its very own.
People seem to be onboard with the idea.
When parents get old enough some need adult supervision.
— (((Feddi Up))) (@FeddiUp) December 26, 2018
Blocking Fox News on your parents tv is a wonderful heart felt Christmas present ❤️🎁
— Turner Beauchamp (@BeauchampTurner) December 25, 2018
Doing the Lord’s work! 🙌🏼
— Wade (@TheRealWMFC) December 25, 2018
An appropriate use of parental controls I’d say! 👏🏼👏🏼
— Maisie’s Mum 🇬🇧🇭🇰 (@MumMaisie) December 26, 2018
Others weren’t too keen.
Not a fan of the current administration, but you’re an asshole.
— Nick Palmisciano (@Ranger_Up) December 26, 2018
That is a perfect example of how socialism works. When you don’t like someone’s choices, make the choice for them, even if it means using deceptive means.
— Dave Wright (@DaveWright1968) December 26, 2018
Congrats on being a putz.
— JTS (@TheSpiritof02) December 26, 2018
But it's your Dad's house and TV. He can watch whatever he wants.
— Toony (@WhatsUpToonboy) December 26, 2018
For what it’s worth, Stacie says her decision to block Fox News was all in good fun.
“Lighten up,” she says. “My dad has a better sense of humor than you do. He’s a Trump supporter and he’ll know exactly who did this and will laugh.”
Setting up parental controls isn’t a new idea (duh). During the 2016 presidential election, for example, Slate‘s Catherine Piner, in an article titled “Daughters Don’t Let Their Mothers Watch Fox News,” suggested that parental locks are the way to go.
“Cable news is bad. Fox News is the worst. It is, after all, the network that blamed a hoodie for the death of Trayvon Martin and claimed that poor people have it pretty good if they’ve got a refrigerator,” she wrote at the time. “We’d all probably be better off if we shut off Sean Hannity and Megyn Kelly and watched sports or nature documentaries or talked to our families. This does not have to be a hypothetical. We have the technology in our very own homes to make this dream a reality.”
Piner also writes about Abby, a Slate reader whose mother became a regular consumer of Fox News. Abby decided to block the channel. When her mother called the cable company to figure out why she couldn’t access the channel, she told her mother about the parental controls, a move that gave the two of them the opportunity to “have a conversation about whether it was a good news source or not.”