Knives out: why Fox News has declared war on Radiohead

Two of the channels libertarian comedians are slagging off the British band and their fans after Thom Yorke and co were nominated for inclusion in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Name: Fox News v Radiohead.

Age: About two weeks old.

Appearance: Almost entirely on Fox News.

What is it? Some kind of remix? Its a feud.

Who are the combatants? On the one hand, Fox News; more specifically, Greg Gutfeld and Kat Timpf.

Ive never heard of either of those people. Timpf, a millennial libertarian comedian, is a frequent guest on Gutfelds comedy libertarian chatshow on Fox.

I didnt know there was such a thing as a funny libertarian. It turns out there isnt, but they plough on.

And on the other hand? The popular beat combo Radiohead, formed in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, in 1985.

Its hard to imagine two such entities squaring off. I thought Fox News was entirely devoted to hating immigrants, Muslims and Hillary Clinton. If it is trying to diversify, its off to a shaky start.

How did all this come about? It began during a televised discussion about Radioheads recent nomination for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Timpf described the bands fans as strange, malnourished and sad, and their music as elaborate moaning and whining over ringtone sounds.

Slagging off Radiohead the one area where the US is still 10 years behind Britain. After some pushback from fans, Gutfeld and Timpf revisited the topic last week, with Gutfeld referring to Radiohead as the poor mans Coldplay.

That remark proves he knows the names of two British bands, and almost nothing else. On another Fox News show, Gutfeld called for Radioheads music to be banned from public places, and referred to them as the poor mans Air Supply.

Watch Kat Timpf take on Radiohead

That doesnt work either. He sounds like a cut-price Jeremy Clarkson. All the bad-mouthing culminated in a spoof ad featuring Timpf as someone suffering from Radiohead lice.

Now theyve gone too far. Theres nothing funny about head lice. This sketch certainly proved that.

What did Radiohead do in retaliation? Not a lot. Guitarist Jonny Greenwood changed his Twitter bio to include the phrase strange, malnourished and sad, but then he changed it back again.

So they won the feud. They didnt really even turn up for it, but yeah.

Do say: Fox News where music criticism comes to die.

Dont say: I think youll find most of us Radiohead fans are happy, conventional and dangerously overweight.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/media/shortcuts/2017/oct/31/knives-out-why-fox-news-declared-war-on-radiohead

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