Fox News host Greta Van Susterenlambasted MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry for warning a guest on Saturday to "be super careful" when using the term "hard worker."
"Now, what could possibly be wrong with the description 'hard worker,' right?" Van Susteren rhetorically asked, before playing a clip of Harris-Perry's remarks during Tuesday night's "On the Record."
"I just want to pause on one thing, because I don’t disagree with you that I actually think Mr. Ryan is a great choice for this role," Harris-Perry said to a guest who had called Republican Rep. Paul Ryan a "hard worker." "But I want us to be super careful when we use the language ‘hard worker.’ Because I actually keep an image of folks working in cotton fields on my office wall ... it is a reminder about what hard work looks like."
Van Susteren expressed her confusion over her remarks, though, wondering if Harris-Perry was claiming that using the term is racist.
"I hardly know what to say. If she's suggesting that the description hard worker might be racist?" Van Susteren said. "If she is, that's really out there."
Watch Van Susteren's response below:
Van Susteren then went on to say that working in TV is easy, praising police officers, a firefighters, teachers, the military and paramedics as real-life examples of hard workers. That said, Van Susteren argued that TV hosts do have an important responsibility.
"Those of us on TV do have a responsibility not to be completely ridiculous, like getting all fussed up over the use of the description hard worker," she said. "Where I grew up, it's not a slur, it's a compliment."
We'll leave you with the full Harris-Perry clip below:
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